Vaguely Rude Place Names Map
The Vaguely Rude Place Names Map is a simple-ish web mash up of places which, to the British sense of humour, sound vaguely rude and thus are, by definition, funny. If you're not British, it might be confusing why this is amusing.
Meanwhile, here's some blog posts which may, or may not, explain how the map came into being.
- Ooh that sounds rude; mapping British innuendo
- The internet seems to like the combination of maps and innuendo
- I am not at State of the Map 2013 but there is a viral map
- Vagamente maleducato; the Vaguely Rude Places Map goes international
The source code for the Vaguely Rude Places Map is licensed under the MIT License.
All GeoJSON and ShapeFile downloads are licensed under the Open Data Commons Attribution license.
Thanks and credit is due to the following people and organisations:
- Mark Iliffe for saying to me once that "you should make a map out of that"
- Simone Cortesi for forking the original map code and producing the Mappa dei luoghi il cui nome suona vagamente volgare o bizzarro
- Bryan McBride for making Bootleaf, which is the foundation on which I built the second version of the map.
- Steve Karmeinsky and GB Net for originally providing web hosting.
- OpenCage for stepping in and kindly providing hosting after the sad demise of GB Net.
- All the contributors to the map, on GitHub, by Twitter and by email; thank you one and all.
If you're interested, the Vaguely Rude Places Map is built out of the following, fabulous, open source components:
- Leaflet and associated plugins
- Leaflet Grouped Layer Control
- Leaflet Locate Control
- Leaflet Marker Cluster
- Stamen Maps
- The SASS port of Bootstrap
- Font Awesome
Either fork or clone the master GitHub repository.
Install the map's dependencies.
$ npm install
Build the source.
$ grunt build
See also the Grunt
dist target which builds a distributable tarball.
There's a rudimentary Ansible playbook in
deploy which is currently targeted at
the map's site at
You'll want to edit the
inventory file to point to your own server if you want to deploy this.