Inconceivable! How Could Anyone Misspell That?

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We've had our share of typsos here on Neatorama, so we understand how misspellings can happen even to the best of us. But misspelling the name of this lake in Webster, Massachusetts? Why, it's inconceivable how anyone couldn't spell it correctly:

In an embarrassing mistake, officials in Massachusetts have been forced to admit that some road signs pointing to Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg have spelling mistakes in them.

The typos, which are completely baffling considering how easy it is to spell Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, were revealed by a local newspaper, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, which has been covering the misspelling scandal since 2003.


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I was told it means "You fish on your side of the lake, I'll fish on my side of the lake, and nobody fish in the middle". The original sign for this lake is hanging in the basement of a certain fraternity house I know. Pilfered many years ago. When I was a pledge, I was forced to remember how to pronounce the damn name and describe what it meant ad infinitum.
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