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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2014, 09:22:47 am »

There is a Paris in France. How unoriginal.  Roll Eyes

There ISN'T a Sandy Island near Australia and there ISN'T a Argleton in West Lanchester, England. Both original names, but it's unoriginal to pick a random point on the map.
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« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2014, 01:23:38 pm »

There is a 'Buggeralong' in New South Wales, and, Australia wide, approximately 150 'Sandy Creeks'. Queensland has a 'Texas', too.
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« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2014, 07:37:17 pm »

There is a 'Buggeralong' in New South Wales, and, Australia wide, approximately 150 'Sandy Creeks'. Queensland has a 'Texas', too.

This your city of Austin, Texas was once called "Waterloo," before being chosen as the capital of the state; I wonder if we have a Queensland...

We have a Paris, Venus,  Scurry, Sudan, Happy  ( "I live in Happy, Texas" Cheesy ), Detroit, and  Big Sandy
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« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2014, 02:31:18 am »

everything in "New Zealand" that doesn't have a Maori name or "new " infront  of it is usually a  copy of a place name in  Scotland , Ireland or England.

Like our capitol Wellington. Then there is the other main centres Auckland,  Canterbury,  Hamilton,  Dunedin, and Invercargill.  Every 2nd suburb has  Glen in front of it ; Glen eden, Glen Innes, Glen Dene -  or named after a sea side   town in the mother country; Brighton, Cornwall Park,  New Plymouth,  Eastbourne, Sumner, Shannon,  Belfast, Napier , Scarborough ...

- except One Tree Hill [ in reality  covered in trees ]

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« Reply #29 on: July 20, 2014, 11:42:02 am »

In the city of Ljubljana, where I currently reside, there is a district called London. Bordering on another district called Siberia.

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« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2014, 11:59:25 am »

In the city of Ljubljana, where I currently reside, there is a district called London. Bordering on another district called Siberia.

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« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2014, 08:11:57 am »

Cape Disappointment, Washington
(When the Louis and Clark expedition got to the ship-less West coast they were disappointed)

Chicken, Alaska
(Nobody could figure out how to spell pheasant)
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« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2014, 08:31:48 am »

Even fictive locations have lack of originality.
The courthouse square from Back To The Future was the setting for a few dozen movies.
And a diverse array of movies and shows: PsychoII, Dr.Quinn medicine woman, Ghostwhisperer, The nutty professor.

There is also Colonial Street. It is one of the backlot street sets at Universal Studios Hollywood.
More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Street
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« Reply #33 on: July 21, 2014, 09:39:42 am »

How about unoriginality through the ages?

Over the centuries the Leicestershire village of Breedon on the Hill has had its name doubled and tripled in successive local languages.

Bree = Hill (Brythonic)
Don/Dun = Hill (Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, if you prefer)
Hill = ? (Modern English)

So it's Hill Hill on the Hill...

I can't think of a better case of unoriginality.

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« Reply #34 on: July 21, 2014, 03:32:27 pm »

A tautology cubed
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« Reply #35 on: July 21, 2014, 03:41:22 pm »

Cape Disappointment, Washington
(When the Louis and Clark expedition got to the ship-less West coast they were disappointed)

Chicken, Alaska
(Nobody could figure out how to spell pheasant)

We have a Mount Disappointment, it was named because when Hume and Hovell got to the top, they were hoping to see the Port Phillip bay in the distance, and ended up hiking to the top, only to be stopped by lots of trees.
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« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2014, 07:51:43 pm »

Cape Disappointment, Washington
(When the Louis and Clark expedition got to the ship-less West coast they were disappointed)

Chicken, Alaska
(Nobody could figure out how to spell pheasant)

We have a Mount Disappointment, it was named because when Hume and Hovell got to the top, they were hoping to see the Port Phillip bay in the distance, and ended up hiking to the top, only to be stopped by lots of trees.
That would pretty much discribe every mountain.
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« Reply #37 on: July 21, 2014, 09:43:42 pm »

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We have a Mount Disappointment

Is that the one in Victoria???, bloody good bushriding territory as I recall, along with Wombat State Forest (esp Saltwater Creek)!! Spent many an hour trashing around there on various forms of dirt bikes etc!!!
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« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2014, 09:56:50 pm »

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We have a Mount Disappointment

Is that the one in Victoria???, bloody good bushriding territory as I recall, along with Wombat State Forest (esp Saltwater Creek)!! Spent many an hour trashing around there on various forms of dirt bikes etc!!!

Yes Sir, it is.
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« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2014, 11:47:24 pm »

I used to live in Accident, Maryland and had a friend in Boring, Oregon. In my State I can visit Bristol, Kensington, Worcester, Essex, Oxford and Kent, then cross the state border for a weekend in Devon.

One day I'm going to Hell... Michigan.
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« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2014, 11:55:31 pm »

Another few Australian ones,
We have a town called Banana, known for cattle, and no bananas
Boing Boing, NT
Bong Bong, NSW
Boyland, Qld
Broke,(wine growing region)
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Cock Wash, SA
Dismal Swamp, Tas
Eggs and Bacon Bay, Tas
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« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2014, 01:32:44 am »

I recall a town in Indiana that had to change its name from Salem because it turned out that there was a Salem in Indiana. Back in the eighties the town still had a bank called the Salem Bank.
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« Reply #42 on: July 22, 2014, 07:27:41 am »

Another few Australian ones,
#SNIP#
Cock Wash, SA
#SNIP#
In the Netherlands we have a similair one. Waspik. Was means wash, and pik means cock. (not the rooster kind) Grin
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« Reply #43 on: July 22, 2014, 08:13:06 pm »

There is a town called Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, which was the town that responded then the "Truth or Consequences" game show offered to broadcast a week of episodes from whichever town was willing to change its name.
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« Reply #44 on: July 22, 2014, 11:26:28 pm »

Airbus.  Air Bus.  Just say it. Air.  Bus.  Seriously?  How long did it take them to come up with that name?  And no matter how you look at it, if they ever decide to sell executive jets or military aircraft, the name Airbus would be rather unsexy.
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« Reply #45 on: July 23, 2014, 10:21:09 pm »

In Southwestern Ontario, between St. Marys and Woodstock, lies what I suspect is a disused quarry named Sunova Lake, which in turn is surrounded on all sides by the descriptively, if prosaically, named community of Lakeside.
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« Reply #46 on: July 24, 2014, 06:12:42 am »

Burrumbuttock, NSW Australia
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« Reply #47 on: July 24, 2014, 07:23:12 am »

In Southwestern Ontario, between St. Marys and Woodstock, lies what I suspect is a disused quarry named Sunova Lake, which in turn is surrounded on all sides by the descriptively, if prosaically, named community of Lakeside.

And there is a river Thames right next to Woodstock.
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« Reply #48 on: August 07, 2014, 09:00:03 am »

I'm just back from Austria. It seems the village names are made like this:
Sankt *insert your saint here* im/am *insert your landmark here*
Sankt Johann im Pongau, Sankt Johann am Walde, Sankt Johann in Tirol, Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland.
Austria has been thorn up into small countries, united, thorn up agian and re-united a couple of times. This is why every area has a double or tripple name. The area around a mountain has it's own name, the area around a river has it's own name, the Austrian states have their own names, the Austrian districts have their own names. And it seems that the people of Austria use all the names at random.
Extremely confusing and gas consuming if you don't get the right "sankt"  Wink
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