A GROUP of French villages with mirth-producing names such as Filthy Pig and My Bottom have formed a league of the absurd to pool experience at the butt end of popular humour.
The first meeting of “Villages of lyric or burlesque names” took place over the weekend in a hamlet outside the southern city of Toulouse entitled Mingocebos, which means Eat Onions in the old southern language of Occitan.
“When you go to a reception and you say you are the mayor of Bordeaux nothing happens. When you say you are the mayor of Cucugnan people laugh,” said Denis Descube, a municipal official in Cucugnan, whose name evokes twice over the French for Arse.
Other villages taking part were Beaufou (Beautiful Mad), Saligos (Filthy Pig) and Cocumont (Cuckold Hill). Trecon (Very Stupid) and Montcuq (My Arse) stayed away. Places with lyrical rather than lewd names included Cassaniouze, Escannecrabe and Clochemerle — which was made famous in the book of the same name by Gabriel Chevallier.
“It’s a way of capitalising on the name. Till now it’s just been a source of humour, but this way we are putting ourselves on the map,” said Descube.
English [speaking] visitors to France have long been amused by place names such as Pissy, Stains, Stiff, Anus, Condom and Brest.