A married couple went on holidays to Wales. The route led through Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Obviously, none of them knew how to pronounce it. They decided to stop for lunch in this town and ask one of the locals. While waiting for a meal in a restaurant, the husband turned to a woman sitting at the nearest table:
“Excuse me, could you please tell us, but very slowly, the name of where we are now?”
The surprised woman answered, “Burrr…gerrr…kiiiing.”
It’s a very small town (population of 3 thousand, 70% of which are Welsh speakers), but its name is the longest in Europe, second in the world. It appeared in the Guinness World Records book in 2002! Llanfair PG, or Llanfairpwyll (as the locals say in short), is located in Ynys Mȏn (Anglesey), just behind the Britannia Bridge connecting the isle with the continent.
The tourist attraction in this town is actually only its long name, invented in 1860s to attract crowds after the rail connection between Anglesey and London Euston was finished. The translation from Welsh: St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave.
A customer phoned the railway information service:
“Hello. I’d like to enquire about the train connection between London Euston and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.”
“Sorry, could you spell that?”