Welsh forgot to laugh

Chris Rattue of the Herald penned some vulgar but funny commentary on the state of Welsh rugby. The once-hearty Cymry apparently can’t take a joke. One of the (numerous) outraged Herald correspondents, claims NZ can’t beat the Welsh place name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Sorry dude, but the longest place name recognised by the Guinness Book of Records is in NZ: the East Coast town of Taumatawhakatangihangakoauotamateturipukakapikimaungahoro-Nukupokaiwhenua kitanatahu (Taumata for short). It translates as the ‘place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played his flute to his loved one’.

Also, Māori is more poetic than the mangled Welsh Gaelic!


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