Very interesting.  It could be that the Hudson River has just had much  more 
written about it than Lake Champlain.  A Google search for "  'Lake Champlain' 
history book" has only about 263,000 hits, while a search for "  'Hudson 
River' history book" has about 931,000 hits.  Proportionately,  however, based on 
the Google results, it does appear that writers of Lake  Champlain history 
have been perhaps more careful than Hudson River writers  to avoid "which bears 
his name." 
Or maybe its an influence from Canada.  A Google search for " 'Fraser  River' 
'which bears his name' " produced only about 127 hits, while a search for  " 
'Fraser River' history book" produces about 135,000 hits.  While there  might 
be far fewer books about the Fraser River than even Lake Champlain, the  use 
of "which bears his name" for this river seems practically miniscule by  
In a message dated 4/10/2007 3:16:12 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
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A Google  search for 'hudson river "which bears his name"' shows about 10,200 
hits, but  a search for 'lake champlain "which bears his name"' shows only 
693  hits!

The similar phase "that bears his name" shows 17,200 hits for  Hudson and 
only 866 hits for Champlain.

Can we thus conclude that the  phrase is relatively not as hackneyed (so more 
permissible) for Lake Champlain  as compared to the Hudson River?

Edward  Knoblauch


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