Hill Hill Hill Hill, debunked, debunked
Torpenhow Hill, in the Lake District in the north-west of England, is the only place in the world whose name has the same word four different times. That's the story, anyway. The truth is a bit more complex.
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The Debunking of Torpenhow Hill: digitalcommons.butler.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4733&context=wordways
Etymology from the Oxford English Dictionary oed.com (requires an academic or pay-for login)
CNN story about Wanaka Tree: edition.cnn.com/travel/article/wanaka-tree-new-zealand-vandalism-intl-hnk/index.html
Torpenhow Hill on Google Maps, and the Street View image nearby: www.google.com/maps/place/Torpenhow+Hill/@54.7396682,-3.2522896,14z/
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

    I forgot about the "don't walk along a really busy and in-focus background" thing. ISnets compression's going to destroy the video quality!

    • Certified Brit
      Certified Brit

      @tulsatrash fair enough But was it British

    • tulsatrash

      I was going to say something but I forgot what it was so have some engagement.

    • Certified Brit
      Certified Brit

      It's still 4k

    • Legohexman


    • Toby Bartels
      Toby Bartels

      @Jacob Barley : 😮 I'll be careful about sharing this video.

  • Slender_04 F1
    Slender_04 F1

    “Focaccia Bread” - Bread Bread

  • Sehnsucht

    For those wondering about the "dogs will be shot" sign, that's perfectly normal in the countryside, and is quite legal. Most farmers are courteous enough to give a warning however...

  • Darya Oleshko
    Darya Oleshko

    imagine if aliens take over the Earth and add their word for hill to this

  • nils dock
    nils dock

    in Scandinavian languages torp means a small house or homestead. the name could just mean the house by the hill.

  • Owen

    The Pendle hills are actually a better example of this

  • Chris Zúniga
    Chris Zúniga

    Your question about "who decides" whether a place deserves designation is a good one. The "four corners" monument is not precisely placed, but tourists agree on its location, or they don't care that it is several hundred meters off. So, the people going to the trouble of visiting a patio placed in the middle of nowhere are the "deciders".

  • Cat

    wait i live in the desert desert?

  • Haluk Onal
    Haluk Onal

    If you come to hill hill hill hill, you will be scolded, tied to a post and have rocks thrown at your feet.

  • Rey Jackson
    Rey Jackson

    eveyrbody calls the law hill in dundee the law hill instead of the law o rthe hill

  • Wiliam m
    Wiliam m

    Æ Æ

  • Prince Shehzad
    Prince Shehzad

    prince prince

  • Minecraft player
    Minecraft player

    I had a stroke reading the title

  • Dermitdog

    That's creepy. I just saw this video, and I'll be going on holiday, in Wanaka, near that tree, tomorrow.

  • Dave Bath
    Dave Bath

    The "trepenna/torpenhow" - "melbn or melbən/melbourne" - "canbra/canberra" - And Canberra is less than 100 years old yet has lost a syllable. Say "Torpenhow" 100 times as fast as you can, rolling your "r"s because that part of England kept rhoticity, and you'll get trepanna like as not, or something akin to it. Remember, spelling tells you old pronounciation, like knight, knife, lamb.

  • Josh.

    watching this while doing my science homework. makes it bearable

  • Balázs Szűcs
    Balázs Szűcs

    Meanwhhile fantasy authors bend backwards to find an explanation why a river is named the way it is.

  • Vinh Prag
    Vinh Prag

    The Englishman who went up a hill and came down a slightly raised topographic phenomenon.

  • Rothaa Barth
    Rothaa Barth

    bruh the video title xD

  • NickPro

    In Russian, we could (not necessarily should, but 'could') name this place "Холм Торпенхау-хилл" (Holm Torpenhau-hill) which is now "Hill Hill Hill Hill Hill", the one and only example of a quintuple tautology.

  • Rhys Howie
    Rhys Howie

    i live next to the "law hill" in scotland, in scotland law means hill

  • Joe Alias
    Joe Alias

    Major Major Major Major from Catch-22

  • Munjee

    "Then why am I out of breath" Ah... because you are a really fit 70 years old, obviously

  • Barney Paws
    Barney Paws

    Pen in welsh can mean top or head

  • Geomontage

    This is exactly the kind of geographical nerdiness that the internet is made for and I love! Great stuff.

  • Matthew Whiting
    Matthew Whiting

    pen means head, bryn means hill

  • Hugh Llewellyn
    Hugh Llewellyn

    This debunk of the debunk of Hillhillhill Hill makes me so happy. :D

  • Guardiology

    The maddest thing is that Torpenhow is actually pronounced 'Trepenah'

  • graceygrumble

    Stayed in a barn conversion, in Tropenhow, many years ago, while visiting The Lake District. The Sun Inn - the local pub - was closing and we ended up getting 'a lock-in' and a free drinking session. Not 'one' hill was climbed the next day!

  • OneBigMeatball

    Terpen is Dutch for mounds

  • Ian Simpson
    Ian Simpson

    You want to do something on Braehead shopping centre in Glasgow... Brae scots for hill. Head being top of... Braehead being being the lowest lying piece of sea level flat flood plain land around.... WHY!!!!

  • Matthew Talbot-Paine
    Matthew Talbot-Paine

    Hmm the is a 4 minute video and I was forced to watch a 3 minute manscaped video and a 1 minute video for a product I cannot remember which was obviously very effective. This is the 10th time today I've seen the manscapped ad and I'm not getting more convinced that I should buy 1. If this continues I'm going to have to be done with youtube because 50% ad time is too much.

  • Sarah Sepan
    Sarah Sepan

    Four Corners Monument isn't even properly aligned with the actual borders of CO, NM, AZ, and UT, so there's that.

  • Ethan Forsyth
    Ethan Forsyth

    We can make a religion out of this

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov 3
    Khabib Nurmagomedov 3

    There is also "East Timor" meaning "East East."

  • Bas Verboon
    Bas Verboon

    "hill hill hill hill" ~Tom Scott

  • Sara Olmstead
    Sara Olmstead

    The actually bottom concurrently decorate because collar explicitly knot atop a boring guatemalan. adjoining, premium bankbook

  • Riley Carpenter
    Riley Carpenter


  • Snow Cat
    Snow Cat

    Tom did you have a stroke writing that title

  • skatemetrix

    This is in the middle of nowhere, it's in the southwest peninsula of the Lake District and it feels like another world and is at least 60 minutes drive from the most direct exit on the M6.

  • Zoran

    its funny, the location above the name of the video is "📍 TORPENHOW HILL"

  • AceAggron

    how in the hell do i live 30 minues away from this when ive never heard about it

  • Marc Seegers
    Marc Seegers

    See you in 5 years when the whole village is just a giant resort

  • Sam Erens
    Sam Erens

    Mt. Huangshan, China = Mt. Yellow Mountain

  • Sauron Gorthaur
    Sauron Gorthaur

    "why am i out of breath" because you need to get more exercise, tom

  • Cargo_Vroom

    Does this video exist to question it's own ethics? That's very Tom Scott.

  • Sleksin

    Double/Triple names remind me of a city in Australia called Townsville. Townsville City. Why.

  • Gustavo Felício
    Gustavo Felício

    So, is this a case of a hill that refuses to be a hill...?

  • OzixiThrill

    On the flip side, it's entirely possible that the place's name does originate from those three hills, but over time the pronounciation of the village's name changed.

    • Causeablewe57

      Tor Pen and How are all old Welsh or English for hill. So if English and Welsh settlers arrived there in the 10th century then it's very possible.

  • SoapCanMan

    or detective comics comics, well actually no DC as it's now known is its name it is no longer detective comics DC is the name detective comics has not been used officially in years so the name DC comics because DC is the compony stop saying detective comics comics your wrong.

  • aeyu

    "So, who decides that?" the sin of pride, maybe

  • Eric Twers
    Eric Twers

    Nice explanation about making the truth.

  • Chris Woods
    Chris Woods

    “A few geography nerds”, oh Tom.....we are many in number, just....biding our time

  • Jobie 2ench
    Jobie 2ench

    Now split Britain into two countries, name one of them "Hill", and it would be "Hill Hill Hill Hill, Hill"

    • Causeablewe57

      Britain consists of 3 countries already.

  • Ezra Barry
    Ezra Barry

    I’d like to say, I really appreciate the shadow for the Google Maps marker you added. :)

  • Ratzyukar

    I once knew about a guy named "Alejandro Alexander..." and something else which the three names where different languages versions of "Alexander" Which made him be called "Alexander Alexander Alexander".

  • chicklechives

    So Pendle hill (hill hill hill) doesn't get a video?

  • James Simmons
    James Simmons

    But does it refuse to be a cliff?

  • Christopher Lehnert
    Christopher Lehnert

    A Greyhound dog is a dog dog dog.

  • Christopher Lehnert
    Christopher Lehnert

    Your videos are amusing and enjoyable :]

  • almostfm

    That's much grander than my previous favorite: The Los Angeles Angels baseball team has a name that translates into English as "The the Angels Angels"

  • Mikosch2

    Schloß Burg meanwhile: Nervous romanticism noises!

  • Blue-Maned Hawk
    Blue-Maned Hawk

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  • Benjamin Phillips
    Benjamin Phillips

    Pen isn't Welsh for hill 😂 it means top or head 👍

    • Causeablewe57

      Do not attempt to correct our lord.

    • Benjamin Phillips
      Benjamin Phillips

      Bryn is hill**

  • Dominic Hill
    Dominic Hill

    Well, I know what I'm naming my firstborn.

    • Causeablewe57

      Hillary Hill

  • Thomas farquhar
    Thomas farquhar

    HillHillHill Hill

  • Ahmed Arafa
    Ahmed Arafa

    This guy can convince me it's a hill or the north pole and I'll believe him. One hell of a guy.

  • etherraichu

    Why do people always vandalize things like this?

  • Johnny Carcinogen
    Johnny Carcinogen

    2:07 Tom, an Englishman: "I'm not gonna do a colonialism and tell the Lake District's locals who've literally been there, some of whom for centuries & centuries, how they should be naming things..." Me, not an Englishman: "Well, that shows remarkable restraint & is a nice change of pace for somebody who's English. ... Wait - it IS the English we're talking about here..." Tom, an Englishman: "But..." Me, not an Englishman: "THERE IT IS!"

    • Causeablewe57

      You didn't have to state you're not English, we can tell.

  • Lord Knightyme
    Lord Knightyme

    Soooo, is this a name change, a hill to die on?

  • The Spherical Beanbag
    The Spherical Beanbag

    Let get Tom to colonise the Lake District.

  • Mustafa Khan
    Mustafa Khan

    or naan bread

  • Bibi Mizrah
    Bibi Mizrah

    3:36 - “If your dog(s) are caught attacking or worrying livestock on this land they be shot!”. I think this gives us an idea what the locals think haha.

    • 04smallmj

      They don't want their sheep to be killed? Sounds reasonable to me...

  • Buntingz

    2:20 that is the most depressing shot I've ever seen. They're all there for attention, not to enjoy the surroundings.

  • Woody Woodster
    Woody Woodster

    There's a triple near me, Breedon on the Hill, aka Hill Hill on the Hill. That one really is quite steep cos I've walked up it and driven up it. Lovely old church right at the top

  • MrTsiolkovsky

    great coppice of trees bhind him

  • kookeekwisp

    I live next to Cuyahoga river, which is short for Crooked River river

  • cody collins
    cody collins

    Sounds like a ww2 battle ground to me

  • Mistah Fox
    Mistah Fox

    The "Hillhillhill Hill" is just an alleged hill, which I just think is funny.

  • Messyeo빛나는

    The accent😃

  • Robert Brown
    Robert Brown

    Ima walk there

  • Clark Gartrell
    Clark Gartrell

    Ok so I got this as a paradox and ho jeez

  • edmundscycles1

    Pen in Welsh does not mean hill . It means head . Pen-y-bont for example is head of the bridge or Bridgend.

  • Noah Collins
    Noah Collins

    So rebunked

  • L0

    are hills used by flat earthers to prove that the earth is flat?

  • Aquarius

    why are "locals" always thought of as grumpy-ass old farmers

  • MogX34

    We have a 'three hill' not far from us - Bredon Hill . Bre = Celtic Don = Old English

  • NerdKnight66

    Bro this video needs to be at 0.75x speed to sound normal

  • Marcus Clarke
    Marcus Clarke

    The hill that refuses to be a hill?

  • warcraftkid

    one of the videos where you get the title joke twice

  • oduvijekPlavi

    "Torpenhow Hill" - brought to you by the authors of ATM machine, HTML language, and many others

    • RichConnerGMN

      wow i love TAS speedruns

  • Francis Joshua Robedillo
    Francis Joshua Robedillo

    So Requiem Sharks are called Shark sharks then because Requiem in French means *Requin* or Shark

  • Ava

    I love how considerate Tom is. Absolutely refreshing.

  • Pensive Haze
    Pensive Haze

    I think the Welsh word for hill is 'Bryn'. 'Pen' translates more to 'top' or 'head'.


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  • Lefteris Mplanas
    Lefteris Mplanas

    It's Intresting how we don't have this kind of thing in Greece We've been in battles yes, but our language was mostly the same from then to now so double place ages are not common (or don't exists). to my knowledge

  • mtrybu

    You must be fun at parties

  • Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.
    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Yes :)

  • RovingTroll

    "I probably shouldn't bother the locals by asking how they feel." Is the most British sentiment I've ever heard

  • Anders Axmark
    Anders Axmark

    Go to that place in Finland that’s lake lake lake, or was when ze Germans were there, Jaurajärvisee

    • seneca983

      As a minor correction, it's Jaurujärvi in Finnish.