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Fugging

Fugging is a village in the municipality of Obritzberg-Rust, Sankt Pölten-Land, Austria. It is located in the state of Lower Austria[1] and was formerly known as Fucking before it changed its name.

History of name

Fugging was first referred to as Fucking in 1195 in a local monastery's parish records. Its name was later changed from Fucking to Fugging for an unknown reason by 1836.[2][3] While it is not known why the village changed its name, it has been speculated by its current mayor that because Fugging is closer to Vienna than the other village of Fucking is, it would have likely had more English-speaking visitors who might have raised questions regarding its name, which is also an English vulgar slang word for sexual intercourse.[2] The village's placename signs are firmly mounted to prevent street sign theft.[4]

In 2012, there were reports that the village of Fucking in Upper Austria attempted to change its name to Fugging through a referendum after receiving large amounts of prank phone calls from English speakers about the village's name.[3] According to these reports, they were unable to do so because Fugging in Lower Austria was already so named; Fugging mayor Andreas Dockner said that "We think one Fugging in Austria is enough".[2] However, Franz Meindl, the mayor of Fucking, rejected the claim that his town was planning on changing its name: "This was discussed a few years ago but nothing came of it. It is certainly not under discussion now."[5] Both villages' names are derived from Focko, a Bavarian noble from the sixth century.[6]

Facilities

Fugging has a village church that was built in 1894 and consecrated in 1896. It was later renovated in 1984 after the roof required repair work after damage from persistent hailstorms.[7] Fugging also has a small volunteer fire department located within it.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Fugging, Niederösterreich, Austria in Obritzberg-Rust - Lower Austria - Austria". Eventzz.net (archived). Archived from the original on 2014-01-11. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c Apr 18, 2012 11:39 (2012-04-18). "Fucking village told they can't be renamed Fugging because name is already taken". Daily Mirror. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b "No Fugging chance for name change". Austrian Times. 2012-04-18. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Fugging war auch einmal Fucking" (in German). noe.ORF.at. 2012-04-17. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Nothing profane about our name Austrian hamlet says". Reuters. 18 April 2012.
  6. ^ Schulz, Sam (2012-04-18). "Austrian Village Votes to Change Troublesome Name". NBC. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "RiS-Kommunal - Dorfkapelle Fugging". Obritzberg-Rust. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Brennpunkt Fugging, im Geschehen die Feuerwehr - Sankt Pölten" (in German). meinbezirk.at. Retrieved .



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