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    Coming up with a dull river name

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by pacmansays, Sep 19, 2012.

    I have a fictional setting which meant to represent a dull, rural county. The language for places in it is based off English Toponymy but I am struggling to come up with a name for a really boring, slow and dull river.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    "Avon" is very common, but perhaps not boring enough.

    River Drudge?
     
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    What about something like:
    MossyRock river
    Stillwater Park River
    Oldbridge River
    Avalon -- but adds mystery symbolism you may not want
    there really is a "Boring River" in Oregon so maybe Dull River isn't a stretch
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    Associate with a name VanWinkle River --lazy literary character
    or animal -- tortoise shell river
     
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    Why not just call it--Dull River.
     
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    I second that motion. Obvious sometimes is the right answer, unless its some deep symbol.
     
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    You could always just name it a color.
    "Blue River"
    Pretty dull to me...

    Dull River is good too. Doesn't exactly sound like an interesting name.

    Or name it after a person. Lincoln River, Washington River etc.
     
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    I like blue sounds boring, or maybe Clearwater << denotes no movement. I dunno.
     
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    In Boston, there is Muddy River. Or perhaps something as unimposing as The Wash.
     
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    Hey thanks for the suggestions, thought up a river name but will keep these in mind for other river names if the need arises.
     

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