It's actually named for someone
Places and things that are named not by logic or meaning, but after a person.
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Early computer programming languages were commonly acronyms or portmanteau words, the most popular of these being Fortran (formula translation) and COBOL (common business-oriented language). One computer science teacher asked the class to guess what Pascal stood for. After lots of speculation (programming assembler sequential computing... for example), the instructor said they were all wrong.

Pascal was named for a person.

Similarly, many things that seem to be named based on a description are really named for a person.

Western Animation

  • On The Flintstones, Fred went out to dinner one night at a promising-looking diner called "Mother's Place". Once inside, however, he was greeted by a scraggly, sinister-looking dude who introduced himself as "Sam Mother".

  • You might think that the town of Springfield on The Simpsons was named as such for the natural, aesthetic connotations of the word. Nope, it was named for the city founder, Mr. Jebediah Springfield.

Real Life

  • The Polaroid Land Camera was named as such not because it was intended for use on land or something like that. It was actually named for Edwin H. Land, the inventor of instant photography.

  • At the University of Dayton in Ohio, the football field is called "Welcome Stadium". Welcoming to the opposing teams? Nahh, it's named after Percival Welcome, an athletic director for local public schools.

  • A bridge over the lower Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia is called the Nice bridge. This "nice" bridge is actually the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge.

  • The Outerbridge Crossing, which runs between Staten Island and New Jersey is named after Eugenius H. Outerbridge, not because it's on an outer borough of New York. The name Outerbridge Crossing was chosen because "Outerbridge Bridge" would sound a little redundant and silly. Still doesn't stop many locals from just calling it the "Outer bridge", though. (The confusion even apparently caught some editors of the Encyclopędia Britannica; a 1960s edition captioned a picture of it like "The Outerbridge crossing the Arthur Kill river...")

  • Most odd is the naming of the convention center in Washington, DC. Yes, it's the Washington Convention Center, but it's not named for the district, but for a person (no, not as in George Washington!). The official name is the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, named after a former mayor of DC.
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