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There is a village in Austria named ‘Fucking’ (pronounced fooking)

Fucking, Australia

A village in Austria

“Fucking” is the name of a small village in Austria.  This town only has 104 people in it, but it still gained fame for its name in the English speaking world.  Its road signs are often stolen, and a large chunk of the small village budget is spent on replacing them.  Tourists often take them as souvenirs.  The settlement was founded by a man named “Focko” for whom the village is named after.  The -ing at the end of fuck in the name of the village, is a German suffix indicating that the people belong to the root of the word it was attached.  “Fucking”, in this sense, means “Focko’s people.”

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

3 Comments

  1. Ink Pastries

    In the state of MIssouri, the sign for “Harg” used to be stolen. But not as compelling as “Fucking,” for sure. : )

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