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An Austrian village with an amusingly obscene name has decided to throw in the towel and vote on whether to change it. The 100 odd residents of Fucking, in Upper Austria, are to vote this week on whether to change their hamlet's name to something less attractive to English-speaking visitors, the Daily Telegraph reports. The …


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  1. GreggS

    Meet the Fuckers?


    1. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      They should probably consult with the folks in Intercourse Pennsylvania, USA.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        There's a bunch in PA

        Blue Ball, PA:

        Intercourse, PA

        Virginville, PA

        Then there's Toad Suck, Arkansas:

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: There's a bunch in PA

          Knob Lick, KY?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: There's a bunch in PA

            I'm sure I saw a sign once for wankdorf in Germany

            1. Liam Johnson

              re: Wankdorf

              Perhaps you mean Wank, a small village outside of Nesselwang in Bavaria, not far from the famous picture postcard castle of Neuschwanstein?

              1. The First Dave

                Re: re: Wankdorf

                Just outside of Garmisch-Partenkirchen if I remember correctly.

                1. Keep Refrigerated

                  Re: re: Wankdorf

                  There's also a Wankvillage in Switzerland.

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                  2. Matt 33

                    Re: re: Wankdorf

                    Not only is there a Wankdorf just outside Berne in Switzerland, but it's also home to the national football stadium!

                    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge
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                      Re: re: Wankdorf

                      @Matt 33: the national football stadium, you say? Truely the right name then!

          2. Phalamir

            Re: There's a bunch in PA

            There is a Fisty n Kentucky; Fisty KY - which is pretty close to Happy KY. Also close to Dwarf o.O

        2. Aremmes

          Re: There's a bunch in PA

          Bird In Hand, PA (near Blue Ball, Intercourse, and Paradise)

          These towns are deep in Amish country.

      2. GrahamT

        Re: Meet the Fuckers?

        ..or twin with Condom in France.

    2. Andrew Moore

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      I've always liked Gobblers Knob in PA- Home of Punxatawny Phil of Groundhog Day fame.

    3. Sid_the_Kid

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?

      I'm proud to report that when a group of us called by in Pussy (French Alps) for photos, the town kept its sign.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Meet the Fuckers?


  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Also known as Φούκινγκ, Фукинг, Фукінг, フッキング, 富金, 푸킹

    Can anyone validate those names?österreich/_2779155_Fucking.html

    1. Z80


      Japanese katakana - fukkingu

    2. Reginald Marshall
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Also known as Φούκινγκ, Фукинг, Фукінг, フッキング, 富金, 푸킹

      The first one looks like a correct Greek transcription, the second is valid Cyrillic for a number of languages (Bulgarian, Russian and Serbian off the top of my head), and the third is Ukrainian Cyrillic. I'll leave the presumed Japanese, Chinese and Korean transcriptions to those in the know.

      Paris because it suits the topic.

      1. Thomas 4

        Carry on Fucking

        That is all.

  3. tirk

    If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

    I think it would be a shame. As it is in England where the once common "Gropecunt Lane" has been changed to "Grape Lane"and the like. I think language *should* challenge occasionally, and, yes, cause the odd awkward conversation with children.

    1. GitMeMyShootinIrons

      Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

      You can still drive up Butthole lane in Shepshed.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

        And up "Bottoms" in Halifax.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

          and there are big houses in mianus, in conneticut.

        2. Soruk

          Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

          There's also Pratt's Bottom - off the A21.

          You don't have to go to Austria to find Hucking - it's close to M2 J5, just off the A249 heading towards Maidstone.

          1. Code Monkey
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            Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

            There's also the terrific Bell End in the Black Country

            1. ElNumbre
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              Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

              Yes - most awkward when you break down at the petrol station there, and have to tell the lady from the AA that you are stuck in Bell End Service Station.

              Also of note, Bell End is just a short and pleasurable journey from Lickey End.

      2. ElNumbre

        Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

        "You can still drive up Butthole lane in Shepshed..."

        But is it a two way street?

    2. Steve Evans

      Re: If it's *possible* to be serious about this...

      Plenty of fun places in the UK.

      Lady Hole (quite a few of those IIRC)

      Cocking in Hampshire

      Twatt in the Orkneys

      If you're hungry there's always North Curry in Somerset, which is just round the corner from Fivehead wood - Oooh err!

      Although one of my favourites is Booby Twin Road, which is in Andover, not far from Norway... So yes, it's in the states.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    solutions people - please!

    put the town's signs 10m in the air and round off the bolts so they can't be undone.

    a fake webcam in day-glo orange nearby should do the trick

    1. Graham Marsden
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      Re: solutions people - please!

      Carve the name on a 10 tonne lump of granite.

      Let's see someone nick that...!

      1. stanimir

        Re: solutions people - please!

        You'd be vandalized via some tagging (graffiti)

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: solutions people - please!

          Make the real signs hard to steal and sell reproductions at the petrol station.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: solutions people - please!

          Project the name onto the clouds?

          1. Graham Marsden

            Project the name onto the clouds?

            Look, Intercourse Man, it's the Fucking signal.

            You're right, Condom Boy. To the Penismobile!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: solutions people - please!

      Electrical discharge on the metal plated sign would surely be orgasmic.

  5. Kev99 Silver badge

    Origin of Name?

    Maybe the town was actually named by the Hungarians after World War 1. (Think about it.)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Origin of Name?

      I am Hungarian and do not get your reference. Why would Hungarians name it after WWI, no Hungarians were in that area.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Origin of Name?

        Maybe its a reference to the Monty Python Hungarian phrasebook sketch? Other than that I'm stumped..

        .... I will not buy this record, it is scratched

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Origin of Name?

          I do not think so. I thought he might refer to the British propaganda during the war when the Germans (not Hungarians) were called Huns. Hungarians and Huns are not the same, anyway the village is in Austria, admittedly very close to the German border.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Origin of Name?

      Sorry Kev, I think we're all stumped.

      BTW, the Hungarian for "Trees" is a great word for an Englishman (who's other half is Hungarian).


  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So, er, what about selling the signs?

    Seems like a simple solution to set up a sign-selling shop next to the sign(s).

    1. zen1

      Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

      No kidding, think of all the revenue it would generate for that little town. Hell, I'd buy one. I say we vote on it: Aye if they should keep the name and tell the rest of the world to go fu... er.. screw off, or Nay, to bend over, grab the collective ankles and give in to political correctness.

      Long live fucking, may your rich heritage not be sullied by such a trivial complaint.

      1. Albert Hall

        Surely there's an opportunity in this...

        It's a very small place but they need a Fucking Tourism Commission or some such thing. Then develop a Fucking business plan and big up the Fucking name – by that I mean rename it "Great Fucking". The highway signs – "Great Fucking Ahead" will do the rest for them. Yes, I know it translates to Gross Fucking but that may be it's own kind of attractant – who knows? Anyway, with a little initiative they can all become rich Fuckers!

        A spa was suggested as another idea but somehow "Bad Fucking" doesn't have the quite the same cachet.

        1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

          Re: Surely there's an opportunity in this...

          Not to mention the advertising potential: "Come to Fucking Austria for your next holiday". Makes "Visit Britain" look naff.

        2. Evil Auditor Silver badge

          Re: Surely there's an opportunity in this...

          @Albert Hall: It doesn't happen all too often but with your Gross suggestion you almost (tea's gone before) owe me a keyboard.

      2. Michael Nidd

        Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

        It's not political correctness. They aren't worried about offending anyone; it's the people who aren't offended but find it funny that are causing the problem.

    2. Levente Szileszky
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      Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

      Exactly, that was my first thought too - how about turning the whole 'misery' (it really isn't) into a revenue source?

      And when someone taunts them they can proudly say "Yes, we make a lot of money out of Fucking - how about you?"

    3. Paul RND*1000

      Re: So, er, what about selling the signs?

      Jolly good point.

      Virginia Beach has these signs up which denote "no swearing". I've never seen anything like them elsewhere. Many of the beachfront tat stores sell replicas of the sign. I briefly considered buying one.

      Might not work, but might be worth a try at least.

    4. skeptical i

      "Someone got round to Fucking and all I got was a t-shirt" for tourists ...

      and "product of Fucking" for yoofs conceived in that fair burg, right?

  7. Trokair 1

    Don't Give In

    Weld the signs to steel posts and anchor in concrete. That aught to teach the little Fuckers.

    1. Pondule

      Re: Don't Give In

      They're already welded to the posts so it must be people pretending to have it off in front of the signs that's bothering them. Lost in Scotland has their signs welded too, not sure about Mearse Lane in Bell End.

  8. Mike Moyle

    Oh, great...

    "Consequently, Fucking's frustrated burghers are considering whether to substitute a g, or even two gs, for the crucial ck sound."

    Well, I suppose that at least they'll limit the sign thefts to sniggering Norman Mailer fans.

  9. Christoph

    What about the local beer?

    They produce a local light ("Hell") beer. What's going to happen to that?

    Yes, it does exist. I have a photo of a bottle of "Fucking Hell".

  10. b166er

    Mr Fuck and the Fuck family lol

    Fatboy Slim is Fucking in Heaven

    1. Captain Save-a-ho

      Can't make this Fucking up

      "After all, Fucking has existed for 800 years, probably when a Mr Fuck or the Fuck family moved into the area."


    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      There used to be a Lord Fuchs (sp?) in England somewhere.

      He was a bit of adventurer. And whenever he set off on an expidition, the papers would delight in running the headline "Fuchs off again."

      1. TeeCee Gold badge

        Re: There used to be a Lord Fuchs (sp?) in England somewhere.

        Doctor Fuchs actually, as in:

        "Dr Fuchs off to South Ice."

        "Dr Fuchs off again."

        I recommend the Fritz Spiegel book "Keep taking the tabloids" for this sort of information. My favourite example in this category was the WWII headline: "8th Army push bottles up Germans".

        1. Nigel 11

          Re: There used to be a Lord Fuchs (sp?) in England somewhere.

          But isn't that pronounced Fooks? There was also a botanist of that name: witness the Fuchsia. (Try pronouncing that right today and you'll get some funny looks).

  11. llewton

    Mr. and Mrs. Fuck.

    I swear I won't read a better story all year.

  12. stanimir
    IT Angle

    The village is quite famous already, of course it's not pronounced like erm... effing but well. It'd be a pity to bend under the vandalism.

    And about the IT angle - I know: who the f cares.

  13. regadpellagru


    Well, it's not even an austrian funny name !

    In france, you have (uncomplete list):

    - Froidcul (cold ars)

    - Pisse en l'air (piss in the air)

    - Longcochon (long pig)

    - Saint-Vit (Vit is a very obsolete name for penis)

    - MontCuq (can be read "my ars" even if spelling is not OK)

    I don't think people are doing a lot of fuss about that ...

  14. David Kelly 2

    Give the signs a venereal disease!

    The town should make a big do over hiring a "sign washer" to go around spraying the town's signs with a venereal disease, black plague, or similar Disease Of The Day.

    The message being, "Don't mess with our signs if you don't want to catch a disease."

    1. LinkOfHyrule

      Re: Give the signs a venereal disease!

      That wont stop them, they'll just come armed with a giant rubber johnny to sling over the sign - this aint the 80s anymore, everyone's rubbered-up these days!

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Didn't you look west?

    If it's foreplay you're after, start just across the border in Germany (almost due west) and you will find Tittmoning.

  16. LaeMing

    I heard they are going to change all the signs...

    replacing the 'ing' with ' off'.

  17. Chris 171

    Welcome to Excellent

    Previously known as Fucking.

    Tried to visit Bastard in France a good few years back, alas no signage to prove its existence...

    1. Albert Hall

      Re: Welcome to Excellent

      I couldn't find it with a Fucking map.

  18. Qdos


    This begs the question of whether "Dildo" in Newfoundland is going to be considering screwing over its local residents with a poll for a change to their village name too?

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pictures or tit didn't happen

    ..."swarms of half-naked women having their pictures taken next to the town's road signs,"

    @ least Playmobile

  20. Local Group

    Welcome to Fucking

    It sounds like a sex education course in junior high

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    I'm surprised they haven't fallen foul of the Scunthorpe Problem (wonder if that word will get through ...)

    1. Roger Greenwood

      Re: Problem?

      The Scunthorpe problem is still with us:-

      "Added: GB4MGY (England)


      Manager: G3RAU

      Date: 2012-02-15 12:54:30"

  22. Anonymous Coward

    "After all, Fucking has existed for 800 years, probably when a Mr Fuck or the Fuck family moved into the area"

    I'd like to think that Fucking has been around a lot longer than that! Maybe Austrians were asexual before 1200 AD? After all, it is a rather small country.

    And I wonder if Mr. Fuck and his family get sniggered at in Heaven? After a few hundred years I guess you would just go the other way, buy some leathers and dark glasses and walk around saying "Yeah baby, they call me MISTER Fuck!!"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Or maybe they speak AUSTRIAN you halfwit.

      1. LinkOfHyrule


        Urm actually, everyone knows that god speaks English with a received pronunciation accent.

        Heaven is basically Tunbridge Wells but in the sky - Tunbridge-upon-Cloud they call it.

      2. Local Group


        "Or maybe they speak AUSTRIAN you halfwit.'

        Sprechen Sie Austrian, du halbwitz.?

      3. david wilkes


        That's German then

        1. Intractable Potsherd


          Maybe they were Angles or Saxons, and the reason they moved was because they got fed up with being teased ...

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward


          It's German NOW.

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  23. Mystic Megabyte

    Why not get John Cooper Clark to do a gig there?

  24. Dave 126 Silver badge

    Must find a copy of The Telegraph... I can see how they reported this. When they routinely substitute '****' for 'fuck' (or maybe 'c***', it's hard to tell), I don'y know how they'll do it.

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: Must find a copy of The Telegraph...

      Remarkably blandly: "The Austrian village of Fucking is to vote on a name change"

  25. JaitcH

    My name is Fuch, and I'm from Wandel & Goltermann Inc

    Were the words that caused a secretary to scream with alarm.

    Mr. Fuch was the then president of Wandel & Goltermann Inc., a very 'proper' gentleman in all senses of the word. He had come to purchase ROR Associates of Toronto.

    He pronounced his name in the German manner which was essentially the sound of replacing the last two characters with CK.

    After hurried discussions with the president of the Canadian company it was decided he would call himself Fuch, pronounced similarly to MUCH!

    This is why he was called Fuch, like Much, all over North America!

    1. Martin Maloney

      Re: My name is Fuch, and I'm from Wandel & Goltermann Inc

      That's just too Fuching Much!

  26. John Goodwin 4

    Fuxing Cun?

    I recently had some skiddie on my ssh logs, trying to hack into my server. Did a traceroute with Geo-IP and it traced back to a place in China called Fuxing Cun. Better that ;-)

  27. xyz Silver badge

    Then there's Peiness on the Isle of Skye

    Nuff said

  28. Torben Mogensen

    In Denmark ...

    ... we have towns called "Tarm" (intestine) and "Lem" (a slang word for penis). These have not considered changing their names. There is also "Kværkeby" (strangling town), "Mørke" (darkness) and "Ringe" (inferior). English-speakers might find "Middelfart" amusing.

  29. Graham Bartlett

    And then there's Penistone, in South Yorkshire.

    Not to mention an American mountain range called "the Tits", whose biggest mountain is "Big Tit" (that's the Teton range and Grand Teton).

    On the cross-language thing though, our school ski party were hysterical that in Zell-am-See, the electrical appliance store across from our hotel was called Electrodick.

    1. Intractable Potsherd

      Penistone ...

      I worked with a girl whose surname was Penistone - her driving licence number was a source of humour when she was pulled over by the local plod!*

      * I don't know if it is still the case, but driving licence numbers used to take the form of the first five letters of the surname, plus a bastardised version of the date of birth (or something similar).

      1. Nigel 11

        Re: Penistone ...

        My sister knew a girl at school, who dumped a chap called Littlejohn to go out with another chap called Allcock.

      2. Nigel 11
        IT Angle

        Re: Penistone ...

        Anyone know whether it's true that user-ids at a certain ministry used to be six letters of ones first name concatenated with six letters of one's surname ...

        Until Virginia Bottomley landed the top job!

        1. tony trolle

          Re: Penistone ...

          no numbers used as well

  30. JimmyPage Silver badge

    Franking, Hucking and Pfaffing

    reminds me of a met police joke ...

    "Why is Q division the dirty squad ?"

    "Because they cover Hampton, Feltham, and Staines"

    it was when I heard that I realises a life in uniform was not for me.

  31. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    And in Austria you can stay in Camping Hell

    In the Zillertal to be precise. At least they are honest, one might say.

    1. Trygve Henriksen


      In Norway you can buy a return ticket to Hell...

      (Anyone taking the train from Trondheim to the airport will have noticed the place as it's the last stop before the airport... )

      They even have a 'Gods expedition'...

  32. taxman

    Back Fanny Street

    To be found in Keighley

  33. Erwin Hofmann

    ... how about "Farting" ...

  34. JohnG

    Attributed without evidence

    "...despite a spate of thefts of its road signs, largely attributed to itinerant snickering Brits."

    ....because Austrian and Germans can't speak any English and have no knowledge of the word "Fuck". Never mind all the other English speaking visitors to the area - it must be the Brits.

    1. Nigel 11

      It's not so very different in German

      Ficken: to fuck.

      Surprised no-one's mentioned the German for "car journey" yet.

  35. b0llchit Silver badge


    And "Belgium" is allowed to be left alone?

    Priorities, it is all about Fucking priorities.

    1. Isendel Steel

      Re: Belgium

      none of that language here please

  36. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just down the road from me...

  37. samlebon23
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    No, they should keep it, and start the Fucking International Festival. They'll have fans from all over the world. They will prosper for ever. I have no doubt about it.

  38. samlebon23

    What do they call the people who livein Fucking?

    Fuckingers? Doesn't sound good.

  39. aventheusiast

    Embrace the name.

    Forget about the sign thefts. They could make a fortune by simply selling official town-licensed memorabilia on ebay and other sites. Suggestions:









    Maybe a bit juvenile; but just too easy to pass up!

    So if your in the area; visit the town and HAVE A FUCKING GOOD TIME.

  40. Keep Refrigerated

    Fucking Light!

    There once was a town called Fucking

    Whose name the town thought of bucking

    To stop the Inselaffe

    Getting the final laugh

    But the tourists are no longer good looking!

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fucking Petition

    Is there a petition out to show our support for them keeping their Fucking name? I think it's a silly idea to change their name. You know there will always be signs of Fucking around.

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They should have made a fortune flogging road signs as souvenirs to tourists and other visitors.

  43. Wind Farmer

    "ing"to indicate settlement?

    It's a village isn't it? Shouldn't it end in "dorf" then?

    That of course, would mean changing the village's name to FUCKDORF. Those signs will last, won't they?

    1. Nigel 11

      Re: "ing"to indicate settlement?

      FUCKDORF. Truly brilliant. Thank you!

  44. Mr F&*king Grumpy

    Surely it was "Sir Vivian Fuchs off to Antarctic" ?

    There's a Buggeru in Sardinia.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Somewhere on the road between Strasbourg and Garmisch, we passed through the delightful village of Wank. We were going quite fast so it was only lasted about 2 minutes.

    Then there's Butcher's Hole Bottom (a well known shagging spot) in the forest near Friston, East Sussex.

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    oh yes, and don't forget Twatt just down the road from Lerwick in Shetland

  47. Fenton

    Wank & Wanking

    Having grown up in Munich I saw these towns regularly.

    There used to be a big Advert in one of the underground stations.

    "Wilkommen zum Wankbahn"

    With a picture of a cable car and smiling people looking out.

    It was there for years and was defaces regularly.

  48. DaveLeeTravis
    Paris Hilton

    Come on down to...

    My favourite has to be Fingringhoe in Essex.


  49. Bryce 2

    I've always wanted to travel this route:,+Austria&daddr=Pussy,+La+L%C3%A9ch%C3%A8re,+France&hl=en&ie=UTF8&sll=48.06733,12.86327&sspn=0.090739,0.154324&geocode=FQJz3QIdJkfEACmjWwR0kNR1RzHxkQxmsJI_JQ%3BFdsPtwIdhn5iAClxoz_rktCLRzFglCuDLasICg&oq=Pussy&mra=ls&t=m&z=7

  50. Local Group

    Old Habits Die Hard

    Change it's name if you must, but it will always be Fucking to me.

  51. Doom

    Interesting perhaps to note that a few miles to the West of Fucking in Germany is the town of Tittmoning. Time for a tour.

  52. Wind Farmer

    Fucking - Twatt,+Austria&daddr=Twatt,+United+Kingdom&hl=en&ll=53.93022,6.679688&spn=10.985075,32.189941&sll=48.06733,12.86327&sspn=0.024319,0.062871&geocode=FQJz3QIdJkfEACmjWwR0kNR1RzHxkQxmsJI_JQ%3BFbrFhQMdNQrO_ykhSB4ve1aaSDHY-mmh54tz6g&oq=twatt&t=h&mra=ls&z=6

    See step 39 for orientation.

  53. Anonymous Noel Coward

    The only ones I know are Dildo in Newfoundland and Lolita in Texas.

  54. Gordon 8
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    I've been trying to read this at work, can't stop laughing....

    Well done and thanks to all who've contributed..

  55. Gusty O'Windflap

    somewhere in Oxfordshire

    I am sure i drove past somewhere that was twinned with Mottlich, Germany

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