LLANFAIRPWLL…

Yesterday I wrote a 31 word research question. I removed my hands from the keyboard and could distinctly hear my professor’s mantra: cut down the word count.

After reading it aloud and crowd sourcing editing skills from my friends seated around me I narrowed the focus down to 18 words. (Hooray!)

As I work to make my writing more concise I find it ironic the Welsh language found a way to dodge concise writing. In all its sly double consonants, the Welsh language boasts one word, which is in fact an amalgamation of 24 words:LLANFAIRPWLLGWYNGYLLGOGERYCHWYRNDROBWLLLLANTYSILIOGOGOGOCH

(The Church of Mary in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near the Fierce Whirlpool and the Church of Tysilio by the Red Cave)

It is the name of a village in Anglesey, Wales. The name is 58 characters long and is the longest village name in Great Britain.

I’ve tried pronouncing it, in the silence of my room, and it’s not a task for the faint-hearted. If you fancy giving it a go the village has sponsored a competition to find the most entertaining pronunciation. Pob lwc (good luck)!

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