By the time you all read this, I will probably be driving up to
San Pedro (which is near Long Beach, which is near Anaheim, which is near Los Angeles, which is… LOS ANGELES) to catch a ferry for a 3-and-a-half-day trip to the lovely Catalina Island, where I’ll be frolicking and having tons of fun with 7 other med school classmates. One of the dudes (and it’ll be 8 of us dudes) decided to call it “Lord of the Flies,” which doesn’t bode well for our chances at survival. Luckily, your pal Dave has a strong jab and a mean right cross, so he’ll be delivering a formidable 1-2 punch if it comes to fisticuffs.
I’ll be absent for a few days, and wanted to leave you with a fond memory in case I get burned in a pile of sticks and conch shells, and then was struck by some inspiration…
So Herra Arto (that’s how you say “Mister Arto” in Finnish) is in the land of Fins (and Finns) and the internet has been known to freeze there. Oh no!
That made me wonder, if there’s a whole language of funny-sounding words (for example, the Finnish word for tree is puu – which sounds exactly like you’d think), are there funny-sounding town and city names?
My all-time favorite is Espoo (pronounced ess-poe), because they had a basketball team named the Honka Espoo Playboys! A player from that team even got drafted into the NBA about a decade ago.
But there are other good ones:
Nokia (where the future telecommunications company was founded in 1865 as a pulp mill).
Uusikaupunki (punki is a great way to end a town name)
What a fun language! But don’t just leave it up to me… check out some of the other fun ones in this helpful Wikipedia list, and let me know which were your faves. I promise I’ll check the comments again
if when I return from the island!