Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

So one summer during my college years, I lived with my best friends family who was originally from Massachusetts but moved to the Midwest in the late 80's. One item they had hanging on the wall was an old calendar with Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, Webster, MA on it. Of course I asked about it and was told the story about this lake in Webster, MA, which is sometimes just referred to as Webster Lake, and how the long name originated. The name has origins from the Nipmuc indians and roughly translated meant, "You fish on your side, I'll fish on my side, and nobody fish in the middle."  

When I asked how the long name of the lake was pronounced, everyone of that family could rattle it off without hesitation. So being the determined individual I am, I spent that entire summer learning to rattle off the name of the lake as easily as them and I am proud to say that I did it. It did take all summer, but I am proud to say I can pronounce it will little or no trouble. Even to this day. It is just fun to randomly say. 

Watch this reporter struggle through the pronunciation in this news report from years ago. And then watch the video further below of possibly inebriated New Englanders pronouncing Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. 



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