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The joy of rude place names

25 September 2021

9:00 AM

25 September 2021

9:00 AM

Last week a gentle Norfolk waterway got into trouble with Facebook. The problem was its name — Cockshoot Dyke. Facebook’s relentless algorithms blocked posts that mentioned the dyke and issued notifications warning about ‘sexual content’ and ‘violence’.

The name of this stretch of water isn’t, of course, actually rude at all.

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