It regards the upcoming “Sex and the City” movie (uh, no, I haven’t bought my tickets yet…). The quote comes from a filmgoer aptly named Phil Mann, an Englishman from Newcastle Upon Tyne (question: how cool a name is that for a city? The Brits seem to get off on naming their town “Something Upon Some River,” and I for one think that that’s just as cool as can be. Then again, “Atlanta Upon Chattahoochee” just doesn’t have the same ring. But I digress…). Phil says,

“I don’t think Sex And The City is just for girls. I am a reasonably well-adjusted bloke and I am looking forward to seeing the film with my girlfriend. I am then looking forward to poking my eyes out with red-hot pokers, burning my skin off, and rolling around in salt for a while.”

Couldn’ta said it better myself…

14 responses »

  1. jen elslager says:

    “Atlanta Upon Chattahoochee”

    Ok, that made me laugh! Might sound nice with a British accent though. Everything sounds nicer with a British accent.

  2. Graham says:

    I’ve never thought much about it in the past, but I suppose some of it is to distinguish two place names. For example, there’s a Newcastle-under-Lyme as well.

    I used to live in Stratford-upon-Avon, and those extra bits meant you could distinguish it from the Stratford in London- but if you lived near the -upon-Avon one, you would simply call it “Stratford” as there’d be no confusion.

    It’s one of those things where you think nothing of it until you realise other places do it differently.

  3. Byron says:

    I figured that our true Brit friend would weigh in on this one, but I hadn’t heard of any “unders”. However, that raises new possibilities for us:

    Los Angeles-Under-Smog Advisory


    Atlanta-Over-Cincinnati 6-5 in Extra Innings

    The possibilities are limitless…

  4. Grove-in-the-City

    Is couldn’ta a word?

  5. Byron says:

    If I say it is, on my blog.

  6. Graham says:

    Also, we have no tradition of naming places after people- the reverse is the case, as the aristocracy traditionally took their titles from places (The Duke/Earl of ….).

    So, this creates what seems an odd situation, whereby the only countries with towns or cities named after prominent British people are the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

  7. And Zimbabwe – Don’t forget Harvey, Zimbabwe

  8. phil mann says:

    i am glad that our friends across the pond enjoyed my comment about SATC. I am even happier that you like the name of our little city which incidentally is without doubt one of the best places to visit in England so come on you yanks, stop visiting London and come and see the real England. I am always available to give guided tours.

  9. Byron says:

    Wow. Exceptional. The real Phil Mann posts on my blog. You’re my hero, dude. And thanks for the invite, you resident of a coolly-named town, you!!

  10. Graham says:

    OK, I’ve ordered brochure from Phil’s site.

    I try and go up to Scotland every year or two, and try to break the journey on the way back.

  11. Graham says:

    Just to come back to Warren’s point, Zimbabwe used to be named after a person (getting a country named after one is better than a town or a province).

    But, in Britain it has been the other way round. There was, for example, a family who were very influential in the 16th century who took their name from the Worcestershire village of Throckmorton.

  12. Byron says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb here, regarding that 16th-century family, and say, “bad call”…

    Harvey, Zimbabwe?

  13. Yes, Byron, it is the county seat of Zimboto county.

    Graham, you are one of my new best friends.

  14. Byron says:

    Zimboto County. Wow. I never, ever cease to be amazed by your worldly wisdom…

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