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Residents object to village's rude-sounding new name

Varteg residents don't want their village to be called Y Farteg. Photo: Google Maps

Residents living in the Welsh village of Varteg have expressed their unease about plans to re-christen it Y Farteg.

Welsh language campaigners are in support of the name change saying the current moniker is incorrect.

In the Welsh language, there is no letter V - although the same sound is produced by the single letter F.

But locals say re-naming their village Y Farteg would make them the butt of people's jokes saying it sounds like a "playground insult".

Villager Sioned Jones, 42, told Wales Online: "Just imagine how embarrassing it will be to have the word fart in your village's name, never mind being followed by egg."

But Varteg is not alone in having a rude-sounding title. Consider also:

  • Penisaurwen, Caernarfon

Signs for Penisaurwen (pronounced "Pen Us Are Wine") can be found on the A4244 between Bangor and Llanberis, North Wales.

In recent years, council chiefs have had to remove graffiti on signposts where the culprits have blacked out the "aurwen" part of the village's name.

  • Crapstone, Devon

Around nine miles from Plymouth, Crapstone's name is derived from the surname of a local family who played a significant role in building a local church and golf course.

Crapstone is not far from Leg O' Mutton. Credit: Flickr/me'nthedogs under Creative Commons
  • Clousta Twatt, Shetland Islands, and Twatt, Orkney

Both these small villages feature regularly in polls of amusing place names. Despite its apparent rude-sounding appearance, Twatt's name originates from an Old Norse word meaning small parcel of land.

A man poses by a Twatt roadsign. Credit: Flickr/Zen00zero under Creative Commons
  • Shitterton, Dorset

The main signpost to this Dorset hamlet's village has been stolen by souvenir hunters so many times that residents resolved the problem by installing a 1.5-ton sign made out of a block of stone.

A man enjoys posing with the sign for a village in Dorset. Credit: Flickr/Sjtiffen under Creative Commons
  • Brokenwind, Aberdeenshire

A small hamlet near the village of Newmachar, which is not as windy as its place name may suggest given its around six miles off the coast of the North Sea.

  • Ugley, Essex

This picturesque hamlet is home to the 13th century and Grade II listed St Peter's Church.

  • Dull, Perthshire

The Perthshire village of Dull has showed it had a sense of humour after twinning with the US town of Boring.

  • Pratt's Bottom, Greater London

This Greater London village famously got wider attention after featuring on a local BBC weather report by Kaddy Lee-Preston.

The bulletin went viral as places highlighted on the map included Thong, Horne and Pratt's Bottom.

Pratt's Bottom i Credit: Flickr/tiredoflondon under Creative Commons