In the United Kingdom unhappy residents have delivered an urgent petition to try and change the rude and offensive name of the street they live in. Unfortunate sounding rude street names are not uncommon but can cause some residents acute distress and embarrassment.
Sometimes words in the past had a different meaning or connotation to what they do now in the modern day. Sometimes progress and changing time periods bring with them unfortunate side effects. As is the case with the unhappy residents of ‘Bell End.’
On the face of it the street name of ‘Bell End’ sounds quite sweet, were it not for the rude alternate meaning. Of course while most of us are far too mature to snigger. It seems that there are an awful number of people who find the name hilarious to the anger and frustration of local residents who feel embarrassed by their street name.
Bell End Street – No Laughing Matter
In fact the people living in the street in Rowley Regis in Sandwell, West Midlands, argue it is one of the rudest street names in England. Some residents suggest that a name such as ‘Bell End’ could cause younger residents to be bullied about the street name while at school. Other’s have suggested that the street name could also have a negative effect in property prices in the vicinity.
Top Rudest Sounding Street Names in the UK
The street of ‘Bell End’ was actually ranked fourth in the United Kingdom in an earlier list of the top 15 rudest-sounding street names released a few years ago back in 2014.
With regard to changing the name the petition page on change.org says it is “time for a change”. So clearly the residents see their street name as no laughing matter.
As you may be aware, the term ‘Bell End’ can be seen and used as a rude and/or an offensive word, It can affect people including children being bullied and teased at school and generally now become a laughing stock, as seen very recently on Facebook and other social media sites, and it’s time for a change.
The official petition to change the name of the street proposes to adopt ‘Bells Road’ as a possible solution to the concerns of the residents who live in the street. The petition is gaining some traction since residents have multiple concerns to address to the local council.
The Local Authorities Respond to Rude Street Names
Of course it did not take too long for the local authority to offer their input on rude sounding street names either. While you would think it would be obvious to the council that there was a legitimate concern it seem not. As Councillor David Hosell, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, had these comments to add to the controversial matter.
Obviously if this is an issue that residents do feel strongly about, I would ask them to forward their petition to the council and we can look at their request in more detail.
Other Residents Come Forward to Comment
The residents of ‘Bell End’ are not alone in their concerns over dodgy sounding street names. As Stephen Young, of Minge Lane, in Worcester had plenty to say. Minge Lane is another place also voted one of the rudest sounding street names in Britain said the petition to alter the name of the street was actually “a bit silly” and “over the top”. The 72-year-old had this to say on the proposals to change the name of the street.
There has been no plan to change the name of our road. We have had a problem with people nicking the sign but nobody is that fussed about the name.
There are no plans to start a petition, people are happy with the name of the road.
Clearly all sorts of issues affect just how comfortable people feel about the street or road where they live. Funny sounding but otherwise rude street names are not new in the world. Yet ‘Bell End’ is clearly one such rude street name that has got many people quite hot under the collar.