Why Mt. Pleasant is called Mt. Pleasant (Hint: Get ready to blush)

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Posted by Chris Haire on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Ask anybody in the Lowcountry why Mt. Pleasant is called Mt. Pleasant, and they'll tell you they have no idea. 

Now, I could bore you with stories about how Mt. Pleasant was the name of plantation owned by Jacob Motte, and I could tell you that Motte built his house, what is now know as Hibben House, on his plantation in 1755. But I'm not going to do that. I'm just going to cut to the chase. Mt. Pleasant is a slang term that was commonly used in mid-1700s America, and, well, it's a euphemism for "vagina."

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, our fair friends over the Cooper River live in a vagina. Ha.
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And which one of these sources say East of the Cooper was named after the birth canal?

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Posted by Carlos Danger on August 23, 2013 at 5:27 PM

LOL Apparently all of them, if you look. I can't argue with research! Ironically, in the second link, the area around Goose Creek/the Naval Weapons Station is also mentioned.

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Posted by MTG on August 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Well I LOVE me some vagina, not so much into ashtrays...Lol

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Posted by Mark Ayers on August 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

I will never think of Mt. P the same now! LOL

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Posted by Maggie McKellips on August 24, 2013 at 5:55 AM

Charleston City Paper referencing an old sales (real estate) site for Mt. Pleasant history? You can do better ... try the town's new, official site

http://www.townofmountpleasant.com/index.a…

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Posted by northmtp on August 24, 2013 at 8:55 AM

North Mt P? Haven't you people seceded yet?

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Posted by mat catastrophe on August 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

The 21 century watchword in North Mt. P. is annexation, not secession

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Posted by northmtp on August 24, 2013 at 12:44 PM

How about because there's actually relatively high elevations in Mt. Pleasant compared to the rest of the Charleston area?

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Posted by Colin Kerr on August 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

And, our infamous "East Side" was named after the anus.
If Chas. was to have an enema, it would be inserted at the end of Brigade St..

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Posted by localhutch on August 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Corner of Royall and McCants is the eponymous mount in mtp. No vaginas in sight there.

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Posted by Cid95 on August 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Haire's a pussy!

Come out and say it.

Mount Pleasant was taken, because Mount Quim had already been used up.

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Posted by I P Yuengling on August 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Its been almost a week, and no one's edited Mt P's wikipedia entry?

I am disappoint.

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Posted by mat catastrophe on August 30, 2013 at 7:54 AM

I would have no problem with this if it were true. However, the reasoning here seems highly sketchy. First off, just because this slang definition existed does not at all mean that this is what the original namer had in mind when he chose the name. He could have been thinking of another place with that name (a pattern with many place names in America; see George Stewart's book Names on the Land), or he could have named it for a hill (possible though unlikely, here in the lowcountry) he found pleasant in the area. Any number of other possibilities might have been the case. Even if the name had that meaning then, if that's not what the namer had in mind, then it's fallacious to say that this is what the name refers to.

Secondly, the sources given for this are highly suspect. One of them is an Internet forum, and I could be wrong, but I doubt most historians would consider that a citable source. The only one of these sites I consider valid is the slang dictionary. However, even though it attests to the meaning of the phrase, it does not show that this meaning is in any way related to the Charleston area town.

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Posted by mhenrylucero on August 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

At one time the old village area had large sand dunes. Before the jetties were constructed, white sand and shell beaches fronted the land around most of the harbor. These sand hills were leveled and hauled off to be used as fill over a century ago.

You can still find a tiny segment of "beach street" in the old village which designated the street which ran over this beach area all along the harbour, in front of what are now very expensive houses.

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