A blog post showed up in my Colorado River news feed, about a winery on the west slope in Colorado, that is irrigated with water from “the infamous Colorado River” (emphasis added)
What an odd way of describing the Colorado. Is the great muddy lifeline of the West really “notoriously evil,” “having a reputation of the worst kind”?
A little googling showed me that it’s a common turn of phrase:
- “The guide on the boat spoke about the geology and plant life of this amazing canyon and the infamous Colorado River.”
- “We are proud to offer a relaxing trip down the infamous Colorado River!”
- “Mike gets his kicks from all kinds of recreation, traveling to Glamis, Dumont, and the infamous Colorado River.”
I was inclined to think it was just lazy writing, but in fact there were some gems that made sense:
- Buy the infamous Colorado River Toad!
- This was done in the infamous Colorado River Storage Project Act of 1956.
Sometimes it’s not the River itself that’s notoriously evil. Sometimes it’s laws. Or toads.