09 April 2010

That’s a joke, right?

My nominee for the most humorously-named town in the world:  Humble, Texas.

I am told that it’s named after one Mr. Humble and is pronounced /ˈʌm.bl̩/ (i.e., the <h> is silent). But, at least orthographically, it would take a hypothetical Balmy, North Dakota, or Rural, New Jersey, to match it.

FWIW, I discovered the existence of this settlement in the New York Times’s obituary for oil-well firefighter Coots Matthews, who died there.