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Re: CHAT: Place names (was: Pascua)

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Thursday, May 4, 2000, 21:34
>Yes, it sometimes sounds unimaginative, but it's how places are named >(unless the founders are poets or conlangers, I guess). I recently >named some towns in Thaqulm and I had to stop and think... I came up >with the following:
I plan to have some imaginative, as well as boring and mundane names for the different towns and villages. They can't all be wonderfully fantasticallynamed (well, they can, i just think it makes it more "real")
> > > > >I love those long Spanish names! The typical Argentine town was >named things like "San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca" or "Santa >Fe de la Vera Cruz de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo" (though more, er, >profane names exist, like towns called "Small Beer Pack" and "Large >Beer Pack" (I swear I'm not making this up!).
My favorite is the original name for the City of Los Angeles, here in California: "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora, Reyna de Los Angeles de Porciuncula"(if I have it right) There are some interesting English names for towns in California. One really interesting one was called "Hells Gate". Appropriately, it's near the border of Nevada. California also has: Rough and Ready Boot Jack Fair Play Holy City
Most towns were named after their founders (Castroville), or for another place (Cambria, which is anice coastal town), or the name was just pretty or poetic, or evokes a certain image "Pleasanton". ________________________________________________ The rattan basket criticizes the palm leaf basket, still both are full of holes.