LAKE CHAUBUNAGUNGAMUG

This is Lake Chaubunagungamaug according to the U.S. Department of the Interior. Alternatively, it is also Lake Chargoggaggoggmancogmanhoggagogg.

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For many of us, it’s Webster Lake. There are many versions of the lake’s Native name and spelling. There are even more versions of what the name means. I won’t attempt a meaning.

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The lake gained importance locally (to the best of my admittedly limited knowledge) because it was conveniently located to several tribes in the region.

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It was — and still is a popular place for swimming and relaxing in the summer. These days, it boasts a beach, marina, picnic tables, and other amenities. It is one of the largest bodies of water in the Blackstone Valley, it’s a favorite spot to spend a warm summer afternoon.

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Categories: Autumn, Blackstone Valley, Nature, Photography

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26 replies

  1. Chargoggaggoggmancogmanhoggagogg can at least be pronounced…. if you go slowly and carefully. I’ve seen some Welsh names for things that would break your tongue in half….

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  2. Funny to see that name because when I was about five years old my grandmother made me commit that to memory. “Chargoggaggoggmancogmanhoggagoggchaubunagungamug” was quite a mouthful for a five year old. For the life of me I can’t figure out why she did that.
    Leslie

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  3. It could be a great scrabble word!

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  4. Looks very nice. It’s name is even more complicated that “Vierwäldstattersee” which is the German name of the lake of Lucerne translated “lake of the four states” I suppose, but am not quite sure.

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  5. Looks very pleasant and peaceful.

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  6. A beautiful lake — and the trees even have leaves! Those Native American names are even more difficult than Hawaiian names!

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