Tongue Twister

K…can ya say it??

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

It’s a real place:

Situated in Webster, Massachusetts, this lake is now known UNOFFICIALLY as Lake Webster.

Eh, whatever.  I prefer the long version…just cuz I can say it!!!


9 thoughts on “Tongue Twister

  1. Mom says:

    Translated, it means You fish on your side of the lake, I’ll fish on my side of the lake and we’ll both fish in the middle. Mom

  2. suzanne says:

    i love it-the real name and the meaning

  3. lori says:

    Ok…so a little research has brought this to light:

    The real meaning of the word has been in dispute for ages and there are just about as many meanings as there are letters in the word. I’ll let you all count them to figure it out.

    The meaning, as mom stated above, actually came from a tongue-in-cheek article written in 1920. Read on for yourself:

    “This longest name means approximately “Englishmen at Manchaug territory at the meeting and fishing place at the boundary” and was applied in the 19th century when White people built factories in the area. “Manchaug” is derived from the “Monuhchogoks”, a group of Nipmuck that lived by the lakeshore. Spelling of the long name varies, even on official signs near the lake. Webster schools use this long form of the name in various capacities.[4][5]

    Larry Daly, editor of The Webster Times, wrote a humorous article in the 1920s about the lake and the disputes concerning the meaning of its name. He proposed the tongue-in-cheek translation “You Fish on Your Side, I Fish on My Side, Nobody Fish in the Middle”. It has met with so much popular acceptance that relatively little attention has been paid to the actual translation.”

    Sorry, mom. Don’t mean to contradict you…but…hey, it is my blog after all!! 🙂

  4. Hi mom!!!

    Lori: my head hurts… this is impossible to say!

  5. lori says:

    Hehehe Mandy! Actually, Mary can say it!!! She went to school today and said it to her teacher! (my little smarty pants!)

    It’s not a bad place to visit…you guys should make the trip over there especially now in the fall when the colors change! 🙂

  6. Mom says:

    Hi back atcha Mandy !!! Mom

  7. Sharon says:

    I was born in Webster, MA (my family moved to CT in 1955 when I was 6 years old) and my great grandfather was a Nipmuc. I remember playing in Lake Chaug. when I was a little girl and I have photos of family members taken there in the early 1940’s. The lake has a great deal of history and has much meaning to the local tribe of Nipmucs. Please tell Mary that I’m VERY impressed with her ability to pronounce it so well!

    • Derek Henries says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I came across your comments on a wesbsite relative to Chaubunagungamaug Lake. I was intrigued by the timeline you reference coupled with the fact that your great grandfather was Nipmuc. I am writing memoirs of my family, as we too our Nipmuck. What was your great grandfather’s name?

      Be well,



  8. lori says:

    Hey Sharon! Hey I had no idea you were from that area!

    I will sure pass on that message to Mary!

    Thanks for reading…and commenting!

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