The Longest Lake in the World (The stuff on this webpage is mentioned on page 29 of my book)
Map of New England, with labeled locations:
Bufflehead Lake (Camp) - in Maine
Gloucester (Home) - in Massachusetts
Longest Lake (I went fishing here) - on border of MA, CT, and RI
New Haven (Yale College...Gumpy & Meemo) - in Connecticut
There is a lake right near the place where three states (Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island) touch. This lake may not look very big on a map, but I’m pretty sure it is the longest lake in the world.
Longest in terms of its name, I mean.
Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is sort of on the way from my house to Gumpy & Meemo’s house in New Haven. Every time we drove by it, I tried to read the sign and memorize the name. Sign for Lake ChargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamauggBut it’s funny how your brain works. When I saw the sign coming up, I would tell myself to start in the middle (because I already had the first part memorized), but no matter how hard I tried, my eyes would always go to the start of the name.

I finally did get the whole thing memorized, but then I found out the name on the sign is actually MISSPELLED! In two places! Can you spot the errors?

The name is Native American and comes from the Nipmuc language. People think it means something like “fishing place at the boundaries — neutral meeting grounds.” But other people say it means “You fish on your side. I fish on my side. Nobody fishes in the middle.” (Granpa says that’s a bunch of hooey!)

If you want to hear how the name is pronounced, here’s Granpa saying it.

If you memorize the name, please comment below. And if you know any other weird geographical names (only real ones!), please tell me.

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  1. Here are a list of long geographical words:


  2. The longest name of a lake is Lake Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. It is located in Taumata.

  3. You’ve been to my school, I don’t think you remember, but i go to Charter School of Morgan Hill. I am reading, ‘Cheesie Mack is Cool in a Duel,’ you signed this book on May 13, 2013. (it shows in the book, you wrote it) I spotted the errors, (chargoggagoggmancha[o]ggagoggchaubunagu[h]gamaugg) the “o” is a u, and the “h” is an n. Steve, (or you might prefer “Mister Cotler”)you are the nicest (in my opinion) author i’ve ever met. (I’ve met more authors before)

    -Tommy Dougherty-Age 10

  4. I have read book # 2 and part of book number 1 and 3. I read part of one with my i go to Alexander Gram Bell School. i am in fourth grade in room 206. I LOVED the part about the one armed man. It is so cool how it is based on a real thing. I have a fiend who’s mom died if you can it would be nice if you sighed the second book. If you can his name is Lucas.My adress is 3730 north Bell ave.P.S. Idid not make this up.

  5. Did you know that they actually misspelled that name on a sign, and they had do remake the whole sign?

  6. There is another long name place called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
    and even if you shorten it, the name is still Llanfairpg which I guess is a lot shorter. Go on Wikipedia for a picture of the sign thingermabob.

    1. Cool name. My dad says it’s in Wales…which is part of the United Kingdom.
      (I removed your long comment with the chemical name. You were right. This page is just for place names.)

  7. I found the two errors!

    The name on the sign is Lake Chargoggagoggmanchaoggagoggchaubunaguhgamaugg,
    and the real name is Lake

    1. There’s this fish and I think it’s called an amamahumuhumu can you repeat that in English???????

  8. that is one loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong name!!! Phew!

    ps u r awesome

    pps thanks for coming to my school

  9. hey, cheesie! do you know there’s a hill called:
    its in New Zealand. its shortened to Taumata. thank goodness.

  10. hi i’m a bigger fan of your cheesie mack books and i would like you to write back please with that funny story you told 4th grade when you came to nottingham school last year plase it was very funny!!!!!!!!!

    1. It’s some kind of Native American lasnguage where they mash everything together into one word. I know it seems weird to us, but I guess they understood it.

  11. Hey Cheesie, do you still eat Mac n cheese?
    PS I memorized it
    Pps can you come to ellis elementary school in Sunnyvale, CA?


  12. Hey chessie have you heard the song Gangnum Style? If any of you people know that song please reply.

    1. I think everyone knows that song. I just looked on YouTube. It has been viewed 1,224,025,127 times! That’s over a BILLION times.

  13. Hye chessie i just wanted to know what kind of sports you play because I play basketball,baseball,football,and BMX racing. I also wanted to know if you ever visit alabama.Pease reply soon. P.S.Ilove your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Baseball is my best sport, but I am a really fast bike rider (I have never done BMX). I am also good at soccer and other sports where speed is important. In Book #3, Cheesie Mack Is Running Like Crazy!, I describe being on the cross country team. And weirdly, I am really good at badminton.
      I have never been to Alabama. See if you can get your teacher to invite me to your school.

  14. hey cheesie! i live right down the street from there! you should post a pic of you and granpa fishing there!

  15. there is a hill in New Zealand called Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu. Try to memorize that! and I memorized Lake Chargoggogmanchargoggogchaubunaguhgamaugg.

  16. there ids a place called Taibei Taiwan and not pronounced like it looks. PS my sister’s middle name is Hsueh

  17. theres a country in africa called Djibouti (juh boot ee) and my history teacher was talking about it and the whole class laughed.

    1. And if there’s a leader there who’s a sheik, he could be Sheik Djibouti (Shake ya bootie!)

    1. That’s from a song Granpa sings! Except he says, “Deck us all with Boston Charlie. Walla Walla Wash and Kalamazoo.”

  18. Thats so cool ! And one o is supposed to be u and one n is an h. Unless its the other way around.. close enough

    1. Actually, a lot of signs are misspelled. Some are also very funny like ‘Temporary sign’ and ‘Antiques made daily’ and ‘Dead people’s things for sale’.

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