To the Editor:
What’s in a name?
I have to confess I was a bit chagrined the first time I read about The Bridges of River Mist some years ago. My first thought was that it was an article about some ghastly romance novel penned by a local writer. Finding out that it was a new housing development tempered my chagrin somewhat, although I did wonder if someone could actually say with a straight face, “I live in the Bridges of RiverMist.”
The real howler that came along after that, however, was The Enclave At Reston Ponds. Since I lived near there at the time, I looked and looked and could find neither an enclave nor a pond in the big cornfield where it was built. Still in a watery mood, though, I wandered over to the lake country in Cortland looking for Neucort Lakes. I found a rather smallish pond and decided that must qualify as a lake in Cortland.
This all may sound quite silly but, having toured The Knolls once or twice and finding nary a knoll, I guess I’m ready to believe anything, even that there might be a merry oak in Merry Oaks.
My point of course is that these names are just a bit kitschy and not at all as wonderful as I’m sure the developers thought they were.
I have, however, saved the best for last.
Irongate? Really? You’re not kidding us? You’re actually going to name a place where people will live Irongate? Is it going to have an iron gate? Will people be locked in there? Might this actually be a ploy to sneak a new state prison into the DeKalb area?
Please, people, let’s rethink this. While DeKalb may at one time have been known as Buena Vista, at least there were some beautiful views. Even the good folks in Sycamore eventually decided it didn’t make sense to call their little town Orange.
G. K. Wuori