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Pegman – What’s in a Name?

Here is my story for What Pegman Saw, which this week takes us to Littleton, West Virginia, in America.

I’ve gone crazy this week. My story is totally mad! Maybe it’s the long hours at work. I will read everyone else’s stories hopefully tomorrow 🙂

Copyright Google

 

“Wow, cool little town. What’s its name?”

“Littleton.”

“Ha!”

“What…?”

“Um, nothing. I’ll have a Bud Light.”

“You’re in luck. The lorry’s just delivered. All the way from Bigton.”

“Bigton? Seriously?”

“Yep. There used to be another town in between. It was quite big but not really all that big but bigger than small.”

“What was it called, dare I ask?”

“Quitebigbutnotreallyallthatbigbutbiggerthansmallton.”

“What happened?”

“Businesses all went under. No-one got any post. Address wouldn’t fit on the envelope.”

“This is pretty surreal. You people are very literal with your town names.”

“Yep, there’s Waterton, Farmton, Lorryton, the nearest city is Hugeton, then of course there’s the sewage works, that’s called…”

“This is mad! Let me guess, Shitton?”

“Excuse me? No, ‘Little Dearing’. What kind of name is ‘Shitton’? That’s rude. You better leave, boy.”

“Fine. You’re all insane with your crazy literal names. I’m going home.”

“Home is…?”

“Hometon.”

 

 

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  1. October 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Ha! The map makers must’ve gone mad trying to fit Quitebigbutnotreallyallthatbigbutbiggerthansmallton in between the two. The either had to unincorporate it or increase the distance between Bigton and Littleton.

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    • October 9, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      The official word for the town’s demise was the collapse of business, but it has been rumoured that the postal service got together with the cartographers and engineered its demise… 🙂

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  2. October 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    It sound like the valley,, except we are all names after whatever mill ran here. We go home to our industrial work places 😀 And we DO have Littleton and Middleton. No Hugeton, but there’s always Upton.

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    • October 10, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Cool! It’s like I made up a real story about real places 🙂

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  3. October 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Oh, and Topsfield.

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    • October 10, 2017 at 7:07 am

      🙂
      To be fair a lot of our place names are geography-based like “Four Lanes”, “Five Lanes” and so on.

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  4. October 9, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Be thankful you don’t come from:
    Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand, or
    Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, in Wales!

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  5. Lyn
    October 10, 2017 at 1:49 am

    LOL excellent, Ali, excellent 😀

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  6. October 10, 2017 at 1:55 am

    This story came straight out of Fuckedupton!

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  7. October 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

    well i am very short on time as I head out the door, but super glad I was able to read your fiction piece this morning – laughing pretty goo d- hahh
    nice humor

    “Quitebigbutnotreallyallthatbigbutbiggerthansmallton.”

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    • October 10, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you got a laugh on your way out 🙂

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      • October 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

        🙂
        it was another reminder of what flash fiction can bring to us

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      • October 11, 2017 at 7:10 pm

        🙂

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  8. October 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    That was wild, Ali. I understand some little places in the western U.S. had odd names that were changed later. They might draw more tourists with the original names. I grew up in a tiny crossroads in Ohio named Comet because a comet had once come near and people thought it was the end of the world. Scared them half to death. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • October 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

      I guess it’s better than calling it “Arrghalmostflamingdeathton” 🙂

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  9. October 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Dear Ali,

    My head hurts after reading your story and the comments. As an American from the States I should point out that over here a Lorry is a Truck, therefore Lorryton wouldn’t make sense on this side of the pond. Ah slang and language. Love it. My job is done so I’ll pack my luggage into the boot of my car and hope that I don’t have a flat tyre. 😉 How am I doing? AtanyrateIalwaysenjoyyourmadcapcrackersstories.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • October 10, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Oh no, a linguistic muck-up! I suppose “post” should have been “mail” too. I would hope that Americans would know what a “lorry” is much as I know what a “sidewalk” is, or does it not work like that? In any case, authenticity has been compromised! Must do better 😦
      Your UK English is spot on, however. Top job!
      I’m glad you liked it, anyway 🙂
      Ali

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  10. October 10, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I live in Fallstown, right next to Asshatville. 🙂

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    • October 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      My neighbouring village is “Upper Douchecanoe”, I believe it’s twinned with Asshatville 🙂

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  11. October 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Hahahahaha! That is pretty close to true! LOL!

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  12. October 10, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Hahaha! Most excellent!

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  13. October 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    This made me LOL! Hilarious! 😀 One of your best! Says the resident of Damnedannoyington.

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    • October 11, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Damnedannoyington? Surely not 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. October 12, 2017 at 6:12 am

    MOL…Binktonfromhometontooton 😀 Pawkisston 🙂 ❤

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  15. October 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Too funny! I always smile at those unimaginative names like Littleton. We have a lot of Native American names out here like Stillaguamish, Puyallup, Tulalip and Steilacoom. Most of them are not pronounced exactly the way they are spelled. I’m sure all news people that come to our area wish for a Littleton! But perhaps not a Quitebigutnotreallyallthatbigbutbiggrtthansmallton. 😂

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    • October 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Those are cool names for sure. I can imagine trying to get them right on the news can be a bit tricky, though 🙂

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  16. October 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Yup! Crazy! The address wouldn’t have fit anywhere for that place “Quitebigbutnotreallyallthatbigbutbiggerthansmallton”.
    Reallyenjoyedit. 😀

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  17. October 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    So imaginative and inventive and fun. I think they could have gone for Middlington between Bigton and Smallton. They don’t have much imagination!

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  18. October 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    This is really funny. I’m glad to have at least one story that isn’t depressing, scary, or depressing AND scary! Thanks for contributing.

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    • October 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      I’m glad you liked it! It was a pretty depressing-looking town (no offence to anyone living there).

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