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English Names - Long Tongue Scrog Lane

The English language is full of quirky words, hardly surprising when you consider its history and the different influences over time. Think of Latin, Norse, Celtic, Saxon,French - ancient languages that have at one time or another been absorbed into English, often following invasion and settlement.

Perhaps the oddest looking - and sounding - names are those of towns and villages, roads and lanes and other landmarks. Here in the north of England, in west Yorkshire, there are many.

One such gem is Long Tongue Scrog Lane, a short lane part rough earth part tarmac, that starts out as a footpath or farm track and ends up at a hamlet called Houses Hill, a collection of old stone cottages and farm buildings.

Breaking this name into parts - Long and Tongue are Germanic in origin whilst Scrog is related to scrub or brushwood (it does have several modern meanings but these are far removed from this scrog!). So Long Tongue describes the shape of the area of the land where the brushwood or scrub grows.

This particular lane is a few miles from the town of Huddersfield.

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arthurchappell wrote on January 14, 2015, 12:18 PM

what a great place to live - wish I had an address like that to share with people

NorthernLight wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:50 PM

Oh I like that one! As you will know York has some good ones too, Whipmawhopmagate is my favourite.

Secre wrote on January 15, 2015, 8:34 AM

That would be an interesting one to have to say over the phone!

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 7:35 PM

That is very interesting, yes, British English and American English do have unique words and spellings.