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Subject: Geographic naming conventions
Question: Why does the lake come before in Lake Tahoe, but after in Eagle

Are there any rules or conventions that govern this and similar

Reply: A really good questions!! If I had to guess, I'd say that if the name is in some way
descriptive, Lake comes second, but if it's named after someone or something, like an
Indian tribe, it comes first. Examples:
Third Lake, Lake Minnetonka, Cedar Lake, Lake Geneva, Lake Louise

But there are counterexamples, e.g., Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake (maybe the Finger
Lakes are a general exception?), Lake Placid.

Reply From: Susan Fischer      click here to access email
Date: 24-Sep-2012

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