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The story goes that Erik the Red named Greenland "Greenland" in hopes that the friendly-sounding name would attract settlers to what was in actuality a pretty inhospitable piece of real estate.

This example was echoed 900 years later by the explorer Lauge Koch, who first set foot on the next island north of Greenland—a forbidding piece of rock in the Arctic Ocean, the northernmost island in the world—and decided to name it Coffee Club Island. No word on whether any Danes have been induced to settle there by the warm, comforting name, though.

Date: 2016-09-13 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] q10.livejournal.com
But Iceland is, in fact, relatively icy, at least by the standards of most obvious peer nation-states. (Though famously not by the standards of Greenland.)

Date: 2016-09-13 12:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] q10.livejournal.com
Also anybody who gets a chance to name a new Island in that general part of the world and doesn't name it ‘Frisland’ or ‘Hy-Brasil’ is missing a great trolling opportunity.

Date: 2016-09-17 05:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inthelemonlight.livejournal.com
Haha! It's like how canaries < Canary Islands < dogs.

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