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When Does the Word “Lake” Come First or Last in Lake Names?

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How are lakes named? Does the proper name of a lake come first, as in Candlewood Lake, or does the word Lake precede the proper name, as in Lake Erie. It’s a question that’s long puzzled limnologists, the people who study lakes. The authors of an article in the journal Freshwater Biology titled “Lake Name or Name Lake? The etymology of lake nomenclature in the United States” found that most lakes use the format Name Lake, although larger lakes tend to be named with the Lake Name format. This is part of a complete episode.

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