Advertisement

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Fellowship of Saints and Sinners

Mental Health Break—There Really Is…

This is really the sign announcing you're in the vicinity of the town.

This is really the sign announcing you’re in the vicinity of the town.

…a town called “Fucking,” and the town is in Austria.

The etymology of the name dates back to the sixth century when “Focko,” a Bavarian nobleman, named the town after himself. (I’ve always wondered about people who name towns after themselves. That’s a bit like writing a book and then dedicating it to yourself. Since when did it become socially respectable to found a city and then give it your own name?) But Focko was determined to leave a legacy, I guess—and how he has.

Advertisement

The spelling of the name has evolved over the years, as has its pronunciation. Technically, it’s now pronounced “Fooking.” That hasn’t stopped “Focko’s people”—”Fucking” means “place of Focko’s people”—from milking the name of their town for all it’s worth. Since 2010, “Fucking Hell” is the city’s trademark beer, which according to the German brewery that markets it combines the name of the town with the German term for “pale lager” (“Hell”)—this according to Wikipedia.

This amazing bit of trivia comes from fellow saint and sinner Paul, known to me as “hubby.” (One of the reasons I married him was for his sense of humor.)

All of this brings me to ask, have any of you ever been to Fucking? If so, do tell. And, got a piece of trivia to share for our irregular “mental health breaks” for restless souls? Send them along!

Previous Posts

The Recovery-Minded Church Available for Pre-Order—and a Peek at the Cover!
It's been too long! Vacation, a family lice infestation, sickness, and preparation for a home renovation—much of it occurring at the same time—fun, huh?—have kept me away from this intersection. But I couldn't not share my delight at the ...

posted 6:07:11pm Jul. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Poverty vs. Privilege
Lately, I've been learning about poverty ...

posted 8:02:30pm Jun. 10, 2015 | read full post »

David Brooks and "The Big Me"—A Critique
In the midst of preparing for this major house renovation, ...

posted 3:55:10pm Jun. 02, 2015 | read full post »

In the Clear: Meditations on Cleaning House
The last few weeks have comprised a massive de-cluttering initiative in preparation for a home renovation, as we clear out junk from our basement, attic and just about anywhere useless stuff has managed to accrue. What Do We Throw ...

posted 2:04:34pm May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

For All Restless Souls—The Love-Hate Memoir of One Churchgoing Gal
My review of Rachel ...

posted 12:13:35pm May. 13, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.