July 21, 2004

Stop us before we derive again

Llanfynydd in Carmarthenshire has has re-named itself Llanhyfryddawelllehynafolybarcudprindanfygythiadtrienusyrhafnauole, in protest against a planned wind farm. The new name means "a quiet beautiful village, a historic place with rare kite under threat from wretched blades".

I'm sympathetic -- a nice nuclear power plant would be much less intrusive -- and the change has obviously gotten the villagers a certain amount of publicity. But it's a funny world in which this sort of action poses a threat to developers:

"Boss, we've got big trouble."
"What, protesters are tearing up our new transformer platforms?"
"No, it's that Welsh village again. They've sworn to add two morphemes a week until we halt construction."
"(annoyed grunt)."

[via OnzeTaal]

[Note: I've changed the title of this post because the village's protest name is so long that it messes up the index page.]


Posted by Mark Liberman at July 21, 2004 11:54 AM