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LETTER: What is in a name?

Dear Editor:

Some time ago, Gary Kean, a reporter at the Western Star, wrote an article regarding the origin of the name “Corner Brook” and asked if any person had information regarding the origin of the name. Also, the Bay of Islands has a corner with the Humber River flowing into it.

There are Humber Rivers in Ontario, Canada and the U.S.A. These rivers are obviously named after the Humber River in England.

In the book “A History of the English Language,” the name “Corner Brook” is explained as a water inlet which has a brook flowing into another corner of a body of water, in the case the Bay of Islands. The inlet is then named a “Corner Brook.”

As the English language is one of the most widely spoken language in the world, this name, “Corner Brook” is undoubtedly used in other English-speaking countries, including other parts of Canada.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Similarly, Spanish speaking countries will undoubtedly use the names of communities, rivers and lakes as those in Spain.

Neville J. Kean,

Corner Brook

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