Punkeydoodles Corners, as viewed from Road 101A.
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Punkeydoodles Corners is an unincorporated hamlet in southwestern Ontario, in Canada, known for its strange name and frequent sign theft. Although primarily located in the township of Wilmot, the hamlet also straddles the municipal boundaries with East Zorra – Tavistock and Perth East, placing it in three different counties.
The origin of the name is somewhat disputed. Most claims date back to an inn and tavern located at the Corner during the late nineteenth century. The most frequently cited legend, claims that the local German-speaking inn-keeper was given the name Punkey Doodle after he mispronounced the words of the song Yankee Doodle, which sounded more like "Punkey Doodle" to the tavern guests. Other stories link the name to an old Victorian nursery word for frittering away time, or a nickname given to a lazy pumpkin farmer by his irritated wife. There have been suggestions that pumpkins were an early crop locally. "Corners" refers to both the geographical feature of the intersecting roads as well as the convergence of Waterloo, Oxford, and Perth regional boundaries.
The name of the hamlet frequently appears in lists of humorous place names.
- "Historic Place Names of Waterloo County - Punkeydoodles Corners, Wilmot Township". Region of Waterloo. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
- Stock, George. "Punkeydoodles Rules!". The Oxford Review. Archived from the original on 2008-02-07. Retrieved 2007-05-17.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- On either this Statistics Canada page or the CGNDB search form at Natural Resources Canada, a search for the name returns "Punkeydoodles Corners" as the only result.
- Punkeydoodles Corners at Geographical Names of Canada.