Why in England the name of a river comes after the word "river", and in USA is the opposite? Examples: River Thames, River Blackwater, River Avon (GB); Mississipi River, Hudson River (USA).
May 6, 2011 12:17 AM
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I have read that the reason is that British river names are some of the oldest names still in use today. Because it was customary for the Romans to assign local names, usually the names of rivers, to their forts we know what the names of those rivers must have been before they arrived. It seems that the British adopted the Roman way of naming their rivers as in Latin the word "river"comes first, then its name follows. The Americans and Australians use the names of their rivers as adjectives to describe their rivers. Perhaps someone else has got another explanation?
May 6, 2011
Good observation! I think it is for linguistic reasons,it is a typical British way to put it (River first). If you checked Canadian Rivers ( Back River) or Australian ones ( Barcoo River) you will find the word 'river' also coming after.
May 6, 2011
Good question. I have absolutely no idea.
May 6, 2011
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