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Crawley mapped at Creepy to new map database

By This is Sussex  |  Posted: October 20, 2010

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MOST Crawley residents have probably, at some time, referred to the town by its well-known nickname – Creepy Crawley.

Now a national project is recording towns' and landmarks' nicknames to build a database for map creators Ordnance Survey.

Since the online database Location Lingo was launched last week, the creators have already received around 10 submissions for the town's unofficial title of Creepy Crawley or just Creepy.

Explanations given by those making the nominations included the town being "a rather grey, uninspiring place with the constant suggestion of violence" and "Crawley makes you think of insects".

The English Project, which is behind the database, started the collection of nicknames last week to mark National English Language Day.

Adrian King from The English Project said: "We've had thousands and thousands of nicknames from people all over the country.

"The Ordnance Survey is keen to have these nicknames recorded because when people call 999, in their panic, they often give the places' nickname."

Bill Lucas, also from the English Project, added: "Everyone knows the big nicknames like Pompey for Portsmouth but we are more interested in the names that are not so well known and might be used only by a neighbourhood."

To have your say visit www.locationlingo.net

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