Fucking village wants name change

by Hector Pascua, ABS-CBN News Europe Bureau

Posted at Apr 25 2012 05:52 PM | Updated as of Apr 26 2012 02:38 AM

Fucking village in Austria can't be renamed Fugging, officials say.

Residents in Austrian village tired of Fucking

FUCKING, Austria - Fucking residents in Upper Austria have voted on replacing the name of their village to Fugging.

To their dismay, however, they found out that another village in Lower Austria named Fugging has been existing for more than 100 years. 

Like the village in Upper Austria, Fugging in Lower Austria had Fucking (pronounced fooking) as it original name.

The mayor of the second village said nobody remembers why its name was changed from Fucking to Fugging.

“We think one Fugging in Austria is enough,” the mayor said.

Fugging Mayor Andreas Dockner is not sure whether the decision to change the name from Fucking to Fugging had anything to do with what "fucking" means in English.

"We are certainly a lot closer to Vienna, which was the center of the Habsburg Empire at the time, and they probably would have been a lot more English visitors there that might have raised the matter," Dockner added.

The first known use of the verb "fucking" in the context of having sexual intercourse was in 1475. The word has also been found in a dictionary made in 1598. It even turned up in one of Shakespeare's plays, "Henry V."

The mayor of Fucking in Upper Austria said their village is peaceful. However, he said the name Fucking has caused trouble for locals.

Fucking Mayor Franz Meindl confirmed that the village's street signs are regularly stolen, even though they are welded on steel posts set in concrete in the ground.

Drivers heading to the village often see naked couples romping in front of the signs, and local entrepreneurs made the situation worse by flogging off Fucking postcards, Fucking Christmas cards, and recently, Fucking beer.


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