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Met Office Rules Out Ever Officially Naming A Storm "Bawbag"

"Bawbag is not a name so would not be included," a Met Office spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

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The Met Office has ruled out officially naming a future storm "Bawbag" despite calls to do so from people in Scotland.

Bawbag, which is Scottish slang for scrotum, was the unofficial name given to a storm which hit Scotland in 2011. #HurricaneBawbag trended globally on Twitter, was used in official storm warnings by Scottish councils, and politicians went on TV to urge people to take care during "Hurricane Bawbag".

The Met Office recently announced a list of names for storms which will be used over the next few years and the first officially named storm, Abigail, is due to hit Scotland on Thursday.

People in Scotland felt Abigail just didn't have the same ring to it as Bawbag.

Storm Abigail just isn't anywhere near as good a name as hurricane bawbag

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They sensed foul play, and urged people to overrule the Abigail name and call the storm as Bawbag anyway.

I feel strongly that this whole 'Abigail' thing is just a plot to stop weather presenters having to say #bawbag. You know what to do Twitter

In fact it all got quite heated.

@metoffice if the next Storm isn't named "Bawbag" then you are dead to me.

However, the Met Office told BuzzFeed News there is no chance any future storm could be called Bawbag on the basis that Bawbag is "not a name".

"We asked people to nominate names for the 'Name our Storms' project and Bawbag is not a name so would not be included," said the spokesperson. "We had thousands of suggestions which, if this pilot scheme is successful, will be used for years to come."

At least we'll always have the memories from the original Hurricane Bawbag in 2011, which peaked with this rampaging trampoline.

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Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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