Funny Names of Cities in Argentina

If I take my mind out of Spanish mode while perusing a map of Argentina, the names of the following Argentine towns and cities manage to elicit a chuckle.

Coronel Pringles, Province of Buenos Aires
The city of Coronel Pringles, often referred to simply as Pringles, always conjures up images of the mustachioed mascot Julius Pringles of potato crisp fame. Lo and behold, Mr. Pringles even bears a bit of resemblance to the city's namesake, Juan Pascual Pringles, a distinguished colonel in the Argentine military. Coincidence? I think not.

Coronel Juan Pascual Pringles via Wikipedia [used under Creative Commons license] The Pringles logo [Registered Trademark of Procter & Gamble]

How you really say it: [coh-roh-NEHL PREEN-glehs]

ArgentinaFlagGlew, Province of Buenos Aires
The Glew town motto: "We're stuck on you."

How you really say it: [GLAY-oo]

Sauce, Province of Corrientes
I don't know if it's salsa criolla, chimichurri or salsa golf, but Corrientes province's got Sauce. In reality, the word "sauce" in Spanish means "willow tree."

How you really say it: [SOW-say]

Colón, Province of Entre Ríos
Colón: the city with the greatest number of gastroenterologists in all of Argentina.

How you really say it: [coh-LOHN]

Alejandro Korn, Province of Buenos Aires
Residents of this locality usually refer to their fair burg as Korn, calling to mind images of the hardcore American metal band of the same name. This small city outside of Buenos Aires was actually named after Argentine doctor, philosopher and politician Alejandro Korn.

Alejandro Korn [c. 1890] via Wikipedia [used under Creative Commons license] Korn at MTV Asia Awards [2006] via Wikipedia [used under Creative Commons license]

How you really say it: [ah-lay-HAHN-droh KOHRN]

Morón, Province of Buenos Aires
I'm sure the fine people of Morón lack nothing in the intelligence department, but the name of their town, a suburb of the City of Buenos Aires, suggests otherwise.

How you really say it: [moh-ROHN]

Maipú, Province of Mendoza
Unlike the names of the other towns and cities, the joke here isn't apparent until you hear the word pronounced properly in Spanish. Curiously, Maipú is located some distance from the city of Colón.

How you really say it: [my-POO]


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Do you know of any other towns or cities with humorous names?

[Photo credits: Wikimedia Commons]

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