This "fleet" business

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Sat May 3 19:26:12 EDT 2003

--- "Rowland, Jennifer A B"
<jennifer.rowland at> wrote:
> Charlie wrote: 
> > I think Fleet Street (ditto the prison) are named
> after the 
> > River Fleet, which flows alongside (or probably
> now under) them. 
> > And that, I always assumed, is called Fleet as in
> 'fast'.
> AKA the Open Sewer Fleet, after London had sprung up
> around it. Now
> enclosed, like the Ty-burne and many others.
> Kathleen's definition from the
> OED "flete/fleet as a place where water
> flows/creek/run of water (earliest
> use: c893)" makes me think this is another of the
> "River River" names, like
> all the River Avons.

In Australia there is a small stream called the River
Let because when the first European explorer gave his
account back in Sydney the misheard him when he said
there was a small rivulet.


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