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Sorry, never heard of it

Not many people know that the city of Marlborough was once known as “Whip Sufferage.” Or that the southern part of Shirley used to be called “Stow Leg.” Or that Plainville was nicknamed “Slackville.”

A closer look at Massachusetts maps reveals plenty of places with unusual names. There are ominous landmarks like Mount Misery in Lincoln and Bloody Bluff in Lexington. There are intriguing watering holes, such as Spy Pond in Arlington, Chicken Brook in Holliston, Laundry Brook in Newton, Sucker Brook and Pork Barrel Pond in Pepperell, and the curiously titled Long Sought For Pond in Westford.

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