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Question Why is it the river Mersey?

I was thinking about this earlier but why do we call it the river Mersey and not the Mersey river? I checked on wiki and pretty much every river in England has it that way. But we don't call it the ocean Pacific or the sea Atlantic.
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

because they want to make things confusing lol who knows i dont know lol and they had a bit dislexia to boot when they named the river i guess thats what i would say cause i do that alot to things and i put them backwards for sure
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

In US it's the opposite and the way you'd expect like Hudson river, not river Hudson. One reason it might be is alot of river names are very old. Wiki states some names come from pre-celtic days like 2000BC so maybe in their language that's how they'd say it and as it got translated the order just stuck.
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

I believe that it's just their dialect that causes them to say it that way. Old English language I think. We here in the States are more laid back with our language and we do use a lot of slang words. Also, the British also spell some of the words differently from us. I believe that comes from Old English as well. Such as color is to us, it's colour to them.
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

I dunno. I'm British but I can't think of any other words that we use in that way. We're pretty much the same as Americans apart from the spellings. Old English is just confusing.
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

You know, thinking about my time spent in French class, the French also put river before the name of the river.
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

Well we basically stole the English language from everyone else Originally it was Celtic here, then the Saxons brought germanic language and we half-inched a few from neighbouring countries like france so it's probably to do with that. one of the things that stuck over the centuries. A passage from the bible comes to mind for this. I think it goes 'forgive them lord for they know not what they do'. To say it now it would be 'forgive them lord for they do not know what they are doing', so maybe alot of language as reversed back in the day.
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Default Re: Why is it the river Mersey?

That could possibly be. But with some of the different river's names, it does sound better when river is put before the name of the river. Hmmm... come to think of it, none of the rivers in the US are called that way. River always follows the name (Mississippi River, St. Johns River, etc.).
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