The town of Staines doesn't have the most laughable name in England — given other towns in the region, like Slack Bottom and Beggars Bush. Still, it has been the butt of jokes as the fictional hometown of "Ali G," a character played by the comedian who brought us "Borat." Now a Staines business leader proposes poshing up the name with the river that links it to London: "Staines-upon-Thames" — something another citizen of Staines calls "pretentious nonsense."
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