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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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    4 mánuðum síðan

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

    • Certified Brit

      Certified Brit

      9 dögum síðan

      It's still 4k

    • Legohexman


      26 dögum síðan


    • Toby Bartels

      Toby Bartels

      Mánuði síðan

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

    • Jacob Barley

      Jacob Barley

      Mánuði síðan

      @Toby Bartels theres not enough parking

    • GG Espichan

      GG Espichan

      2 mánuðum síðan

      I’m still confused as to how this comment is from 2 months ago when the vid is from 1 week ago

  2. Matthew Whiting

    Matthew Whiting

    Klukkustund síðan

    pen means head, bryn means hill

  3. Hugh Llewellyn

    Hugh Llewellyn

    11 klukkustundum síðan

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

  4. Guardiology


    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  5. graceygrumble


    Degi Síðan síðan

    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!

  6. OneBigMeatball


    3 dögum síðan

    Terpen is Dutch for mounds

  7. Ian Simpson

    Ian Simpson

    3 dögum síðan

    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!!!!

  8. Matthew Talbot-Paine

    Matthew Talbot-Paine

    3 dögum síðan

    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.

  9. Sarah Sepan

    Sarah Sepan

    5 dögum síðan

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

  10. Ethan Forsyth

    Ethan Forsyth

    6 dögum síðan

    We can make a religion out of this

  11. Khabib Nurmagomedov 3

    Khabib Nurmagomedov 3

    6 dögum síðan

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

  12. Bas Verboon

    Bas Verboon

    8 dögum síðan

    "hill hill hill hill" ~Tom Scott

  13. Sara Olmstead

    Sara Olmstead

    9 dögum síðan

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

  14. Riley Carpenter

    Riley Carpenter

    9 dögum síðan


  15. Snow Cat

    Snow Cat

    9 dögum síðan

    Tom did you have a stroke writing that title

  16. skatemetrix


    12 dögum síðan

    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.

  17. Zoran


    12 dögum síðan

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

  18. AceAggron


    12 dögum síðan

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

  19. Marc Seegers

    Marc Seegers

    12 dögum síðan

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

  20. Sam Erens

    Sam Erens

    12 dögum síðan

    Mt. Huangshan, China = Mt. Yellow Mountain

  21. Sauron Gorthaur

    Sauron Gorthaur

    12 dögum síðan

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

  22. Cargo_Vroom


    12 dögum síðan

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

  23. Sleksin


    12 dögum síðan

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

  24. Gustavo Felício

    Gustavo Felício

    13 dögum síðan

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

  25. OzixiThrill


    13 dögum síðan

    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


      13 dögum síðan

      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.

  26. SoapCanMan


    14 dögum síðan

    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.

  27. aeyu


    16 dögum síðan

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

  28. Eric Twers

    Eric Twers

    16 dögum síðan

    Nice explanation about making the truth.

  29. Chris Woods

    Chris Woods

    16 dögum síðan

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

  30. Jobie 2ench

    Jobie 2ench

    17 dögum síðan

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

    • Causeablewe57


      13 dögum síðan

      Britain consists of 3 countries already.

  31. Ezra Barry

    Ezra Barry

    18 dögum síðan

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

  32. Ratzyukar


    19 dögum síðan

    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".

  33. chicklechives


    19 dögum síðan

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

  34. James Simmons

    James Simmons

    20 dögum síðan

    But does it refuse to be a cliff?

  35. Christopher Lehnert

    Christopher Lehnert

    22 dögum síðan

    A Greyhound dog is a dog dog dog.

  36. Christopher Lehnert

    Christopher Lehnert

    22 dögum síðan

    Your videos are amusing and enjoyable :]

  37. almostfm


    23 dögum síðan

    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"

  38. Mikosch2


    23 dögum síðan

    Schloß Burg meanwhile: Nervous romanticism noises!

  39. Blue-Maned Hawk

    Blue-Maned Hawk

    24 dögum síðan

    Introducing the Apple DeBonk DeBonk!

  40. Benjamin Phillips

    Benjamin Phillips

    24 dögum síðan

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

    • Causeablewe57


      13 dögum síðan

      Do not attempt to correct our lord.

    • Benjamin Phillips

      Benjamin Phillips

      24 dögum síðan

      Bryn is hill**

  41. Dominic Hill

    Dominic Hill

    24 dögum síðan

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

    • Causeablewe57


      13 dögum síðan

      Hillary Hill

  42. Thomas farquhar

    Thomas farquhar

    26 dögum síðan

    HillHillHill Hill

  43. Ahmed Arafa

    Ahmed Arafa

    26 dögum síðan

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

  44. etherraichu


    26 dögum síðan

    Why do people always vandalize things like this?

  45. Johnny Carcinogen

    Johnny Carcinogen

    27 dögum síðan

    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


      13 dögum síðan

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

  46. Lord Knightyme

    Lord Knightyme

    27 dögum síðan

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

  47. The Spherical Beanbag

    The Spherical Beanbag

    27 dögum síðan

    Let get Tom to colonise the Lake District.

  48. Mustafa Khan

    Mustafa Khan

    27 dögum síðan

    or naan bread

  49. Bibi Mizrah

    Bibi Mizrah

    27 dögum síðan

    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.

  50. Buntingz


    28 dögum síðan

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

  51. Woody Woodster

    Woody Woodster

    29 dögum síðan

    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

  52. MrTsiolkovsky


    29 dögum síðan

    great coppice of trees bhind him

  53. kookeekwisp


    Mánuði síðan

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

  54. cody collins

    cody collins

    Mánuði síðan

    Sounds like a ww2 battle ground to me

  55. Mistah Fox

    Mistah Fox

    Mánuði síðan

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

  56. Hwang In-yeop

    Hwang In-yeop

    Mánuði síðan

    The accent😃

  57. Robert Brown

    Robert Brown

    Mánuði síðan

    Ima walk there

  58. Clark Gartrell

    Clark Gartrell

    Mánuði síðan

    Ok so I got this as a paradox and ho jeez

  59. edmundscycles1


    Mánuði síðan

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

  60. Noah Collins

    Noah Collins

    Mánuði síðan

    So rebunked

  61. L0


    Mánuði síðan

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

  62. Aquarius


    Mánuði síðan

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

  63. MogX34


    Mánuði síðan

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

  64. NerdKnight66


    Mánuði síðan

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

  65. Marcus Clarke

    Marcus Clarke

    Mánuði síðan

    The hill that refuses to be a hill?

  66. warcraftkid


    Mánuði síðan

    one of the videos where you get the title joke twice

  67. oduvijekPlavi


    Mánuði síðan

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

    • RichConnerGMN


      29 dögum síðan

      wow i love TAS speedruns

  68. Francis Joshua Robedillo

    Francis Joshua Robedillo

    Mánuði síðan

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

  69. Ava


    Mánuði síðan

    I love how considerate Tom is. Absolutely refreshing.

  70. Pensive Haze

    Pensive Haze

    Mánuði síðan

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



    Mánuði síðan

    Hill Hill Hill Hill Debunked Debunked Debunked Debunked

  72. Lefteris Mplanas

    Lefteris Mplanas

    Mánuði síðan

    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

  73. mtrybu


    Mánuði síðan

    You must be fun at parties

  74. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas.

    Mánuði síðan

    Yes :)

  75. RovingTroll


    Mánuði síðan

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

    • valleywoodworker


      Mánuði síðan

      Best not to, especially when you're planning to colonize them. It's a British thing.

  76. Anders Axmark

    Anders Axmark

    Mánuði síðan

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

    • seneca983


      Mánuði síðan

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

  77. Roland Katsuragi

    Roland Katsuragi

    Mánuði síðan

    Nonstandardized English at its best

  78. 31 Villanda, Dun Hill

    31 Villanda, Dun Hill

    Mánuði síðan

    oh hey, hi

  79. NickEvershedMusic


    Mánuði síðan

    Looks like a great place to go metal detecting

  80. Jim Bridger

    Jim Bridger

    Mánuði síðan

    im watching this so youtube will stop showing it to me

  81. Matthew Richardson

    Matthew Richardson

    Mánuði síðan

    Shout-out to Castle Law Hill Fort just outside Edinburgh, for being nicely symmetrica in it's repeated naming...

  82. Goro Majima

    Goro Majima

    Mánuði síðan

    Anything can be torpenhow hill if enough people say so 👁👄👁

  83. Meursault


    Mánuði síðan

    Is Tom in his late 40s or mid 20s?

  84. Stephen Johnson

    Stephen Johnson

    Mánuði síðan

    I lived 4 miles from here :)

  85. Helohel


    Mánuði síðan

    The wanaka tree is novel and isnt that great. All it does is make queenstown worse and wanaka (it's alternative sister town) worse too

  86. jimmy dempsey

    jimmy dempsey

    Mánuði síðan

    As Benny Hill once said A hill is a hill. Hilarious.

  87. Sammikins


    Mánuði síðan

    I love Tom Scott's weird obscure videos.

  88. Chief Mike

    Chief Mike

    Mánuði síðan

    Its weird how the fps is 50

  89. Lone Crew

    Lone Crew

    Mánuði síðan

    New name: Torpenhowhill Ṭilā (টিলা)

  90. April Jefferson

    April Jefferson

    Mánuði síðan

    compromise: trapenna hill

  91. itsJacob72


    Mánuði síðan

    Sharia Law also just means Law Law hahahahaha

  92. Nabre Labre

    Nabre Labre

    Mánuði síðan

    If that was America someone would buy the land and build a hill, then set up a gift shop and do guided tours

  93. Audio Maverick

    Audio Maverick

    Mánuði síðan

    I want to roll around in that grass

  94. franta vrubel

    franta vrubel

    Mánuði síðan

    Roblox shirts and pants catalog was something similiar...

  95. N D

    N D

    Mánuði síðan

    I also like the Australian "City of Townsville"

  96. thelaking100


    Mánuði síðan

    Pendle hill in Lancashire is a triple place name for a hill.

  97. 8A Benaiah Dandel

    8A Benaiah Dandel

    Mánuði síðan

    East Timor means East East

  98. David Lee

    David Lee

    Mánuði síðan

    In a city in China, there is a subway station at a train station so it's called xxxx Station Station

  99. Reilly1444


    Mánuði síðan

    my favorite is Table Mesa in Arizona

  100. Blake Terry

    Blake Terry

    Mánuði síðan

    What the hill is up with this?

    • Radokk


      Mánuði síðan


    • Blake Terry

      Blake Terry

      Mánuði síðan

      Yes, I did watch this just to make that pun.