Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauota-mateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu

What is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu? You must be wondering how long it takes us to write this word. Well, do not worry – we copy/pasted it. We must admit that we haven’t been trying to pronounce it at all. It would take too much time. However, we were curious to learn more about this word. What does it mean? Why is it so long? Who created such a long word, and  why would anyone do it?

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu – the Meaning of the Word

♦ Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the Maori word. This is how they call a hill, located in New Zealand. The hill is not too high (some 300 meters), but it is certainly interesting for its name. People also call it Taumata, since it is difficult to pronounce the whole word. This is one of the longest names for places in English-speaking countries. This is official and the Guinness Book of Records agrees on this one.

Mythology

♦ The meaning of the word is interesting. If translated, it means ‘the place where Tamatea was playing his flute to his beloved woman’. Tamatea was a man who climbed the mountains, traveled the land and was a very mighty person. Tamatea was a prominent man of his tribe. According to the legend, his land explorations were his passion. He was also a great warrior.

♦ Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu has several more forms that are even longer. However, they all describe Tamatea and his efforts made for the woman he loved. When it comes to love and sacrifice, this long word is worth of pronouncing.

Interesting Facts

♦ The word itself is interesting, but there are other interesting facts about Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. This word has been used in a jingle for Mountain Dew; a British band called “Quantum Jump” used this word of the single they made in 1979. Another band used this word in their song. The song is called “Taumata” and the song lyrics are composed of just one word: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

♦ This place is beautiful, just like the nature you can see in New Zealand. It is a small hill, and nothing makes it different from the rest of the wonderful New Zealand nature. Well, almost nothing.  The legend is what makes it famous, and of course – its name. If you ever go to New Zealand, do not miss the chance to visit the hill. You will tell your friends about how it feels to stand on Taumata’s hill. You will have the chance to visit the hill with the longest name in the world.

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