Teresa’s Guide to Naming Things

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Hi everyone! Thought I’d give you a little more to read and think about. By the way, the drive home was good – no deer or moose, not too many trucks and no cops! No complaints! I had a good day at work, and just went to the plant place and bought some flowers and herbs! Can’t wait to transplant them! I hope Eddie doesn’t decide to “help” me!

Have you ever thought about how things get their names? I have been noticing the names of places lately.* Some places are named after obvious things – like wildlife (Fox Lake), or scenery (Valleyview) or objects (Keg River). Some are named using combinations of words (Whitecourt) or after people or families (Dixonville, Donnelly) or even after famous people (Cherhill). 🙂 Other places are named after doing things (Chuck Keg Creek, Paddle Prairie), or maybe things that have happened (Losegun River). Some names just look like words with typos (Onoway, Falher) or random combinations of words (Hotchkiss, Mayerthorpe – what’s a thorpe anyway?). I’ve also noticed that in urban areas, things tend to be named [something] Ridge/Park/Grove whereas in more rural areas, things are named [something] View/Hills/River/Wood – You can see the important distinctions! (not) 🙂 And there are an awful lot of Forts up north (Fort Vermilion, Fort St. John, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Saskatchewan, to name a few…).**

* All places mentioned in this blog are located along my path from Edmonton to High Level (or at least the signs are!).
** Okay, these are not on the way, but I’ve seen them on maps!

So, in general, things really aren’t named all that creatively, for the most part. Consider this: If you ever move to another planet, you’re going to have an awful lot of things to name. Hills, valleys, mountains, craters, volcanos (possibly), plains, not to mention districts, zones and counties. Consider this easy “Teresa’s Guide to Naming Places.” Pick a word from list A and add it to a word from List B, or skip straight to list C. Some are traditional names, some more creative!

List A: – – – – – – – – -List B: – – – – – – – – List C:
[any colour] – – – – – Vale – – – – – – – – – Ridge
Pleasant – – – – – – – Lakeside – – – – – – Valley
Hillside – – – – – – – – Heights – – – – – – – Lake
[anybody’s name] – – Ville – – – – – – – – Hills
Mount – – – – – – – – – Court – – – – – – – – River
Dazzling – – – – – – – – Smelly – – – – – – – Creek
Fabulous – – – – – – – Wood – – – – – – – – Grove
[any adjective] – – – Luscious – – – – – – Plains

If you’re still stumped for ideas, pick any word, change a letter or two, and voila! A new word is born, perfect for that hard-to-name lake or difficult-to-describe valley. 🙂 You can always resort to naming things after royalty as well, but that’s only if you’re totally stumped!

Well, that’s all for now! Take care, everybody! Have a great day! 🙂

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