The True Names Of North America

  • heyom

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    Jun 20, 2013 7:43 AM GMT

    http://www.kalimedia.com/Atlas_of_True_Names_Canada.html
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    Jun 20, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    that is pretty interesting . . . .
  • Kazachok

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    Jun 20, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidInteresting, but it doesn't make sense to look at the etymology of a place name, which is named for a person.

    True, like Rhodesia, which was named after Cecil Rhodes.
    there are some others:
    Belgrade - White City
    Romania - Roman Land
    Ukraine - Borderland
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    Jun 20, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    There are a lot of towns in the western US that originally had somewhat "earthy" names. Things like "Hog Heaven," "Muddy Flats," etc., but they got changed when things like churches and chambers of commerce came along. "Hell To Pay," deftly became "Eltopia." But we still have "Boring" and "Wanker's Corner."
  • heyom

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    Jun 23, 2013 9:56 AM GMT
    Unintended saidI am not sure what they are trying to do with this. Montréal was never called "Mount Royal." Its name comes from the old french "Mont Réal", meaning Mount Royal but nobody refers to the city by that name.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymology
  • heyom

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    Jun 23, 2013 9:57 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidInteresting, but it doesn't make sense to look at the etymology of a place name, which is named for a person.


    Doesnt need to "make sense". Etymology is for entertaining purposes, which it does.