The peaceful village of Shitterton in Dorset, England has a fine collection of thatched buildings that are centuries old. The name derives from the Old English word “scite” which means human dung (we are at a loss to put that better). Historians insist the nearby stream was called the Shitter because it was a popular place to go to when you needed to.

The Victorians were less than crazy about living in a town named after a continuously flushing loo, so they renamed it Sitterton which failed to catch on. This just goes to prove that when you take the “h” out the s-word you still have to sit down to read the paper.