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Old 11 May 2009, 03:21 PM
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"Even old New York was once New Amsterdam."

However, my point is that a name is not a description. Even if Rhode Island was entirely on the mainland, it could still be called Rhode Island.

More examples of what I mean:

Quaker Street, NY (not a street, but a hamlet -- and there is no Quaker Street in Quaker Street).
Coney Island, NY (a peninsula)
Greenland
East River (NYC)
Schoharie Creek (a creek originally mean a tidal estuary, not a freshwater stream). Or, if you want the modern definition, Jockey Creek, Town Creek, and Goose Creek in Southold NY (tidal estuaries, but not a creek because, after all, a creek is a freshwater stream).
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