You Say “Taumata”, I Say “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu”

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It’s supposed to be the longest place name in the world — Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu . It’s in New Zealand, called “Taumata” for short, and the long name means “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his flute to his loved one.”

(“Played his flute to his loved one.” Heh heh heh.)

2 replies on “You Say “Taumata”, I Say “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu””

I always thought the longest word was that town in wales, but my goodness does this one have that beat. whew. glad i don’t live there.

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