Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

No, a cat didn’t jump on the keyboard. It’s an actual name for a lake that’s located in the town of Webster, Mass. Some people call it by its alternate name — Lake Chaubunagungamaug — while others refer to it as simply Lake Webster. The 45-letter name for this body of fresh water is often cited as the longest place name in the United States and one of the longest in the world. The name is so bizarre that even the authorities couldn’t spell it. Many road signs pointing to the lake are misspelled. Historians agree that the name means “Fishing place at the boundary.” Divided by narrow channels into three larger bodies of water, the lake was the central gathering place for the Nipmuc Indians. The Lake was formed by the retreat of glaciers during the last ice age and is replenished from underwater springs and streams.