From THE LOCAL (Sweden):

Residents of Malmö have received food for thought from a concerned countryman who has proposed translating the city's name to Mothvirgin, thus making it more accessible in the English-speaking world, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

Two months on from Gothenburg's decision to ditch its efforts to market the city internationally as Göteborg, a man in Tumba, near Stockholm, has petitioned Malmö council to explore the possibilities of similarly rebranding the southern city. The would-be Malmö modernizer cites translations of the Swedish words mal (moth) and mö (maiden, damsel or virgin) as ample evidence of the suitability of Mothvirgin.

Focussing on another meaning for mal, the submitter also throws Catfishvirgin into the pot as an alternative appellation.

COMMENT: Oh, I would definitely go for Catfishvirgin. In fact, I'd go further. One of the rivers in Malmö is called the Sege. This translates into English as "silly" or "ridiculous." Catfishvirgin On The Ridiculous, has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

WARNING FOR CATHY: Some parts of the above comment may not be the whole truth.


WHAT’S IN A NAME? — 7 Comments

  1. WARNING FOR CATHY: Some parts of the above comment may not be the whole truth

    Look, MP, none of us are fooled, allright? … We all know.

    Meanwhile … Catfishvirgin sounds like a superhero. Not sure what the special powers would involve though.

    Having said that, Catfishvirgin on the Ridiculous has an excellent ring to it for a town name, in fact I am not sure MadPriest Towers is not located somewhere suspiciously close to a town called this.

  2. Look here, woman! At long last I’ve discovered a device for indicating a spoof without actually using the word spoof – and you are it. You should be grateful that somebody has found a use for you.

  3. I am grateful. In fact it is quite an achievement on your part. They said it couldn’t be done, but lo and behold, you have done it. There may well be a prize, for all I know.

  4. I’m trying to work out which famous actor started out as Catfishvirgin

    Erika, wasn’t it Tom Cruise? Born Tom Catfishvirgin.