I'm interested in the particular case of writing the name of thing connected with the kind of thing. For example, I would write the "Enter" button, the "Hello World" script, etc.

Is this correct? Could it be written in another way?

Because also we have The River Thames and River Thames, but the Mississippi River...

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Geographic proper nouns are a special case, particularly given to variable word order. "Crater Lake," "Lake Tahoe." "Mount Rainier," "Grandfather Mountain" (this one, at least, consistently matches "mount" or "mountain" to the two orders).

In most everyday contexts, the category follows the instance. "The front door," "the Disney channel." There are a few other very unusual edge cases ("The Brothers Karamazov"), but for the most part it's "the 'Enter' button."

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    (Self-question: Then what about "her novel The Hours"? "His album Live at the Acropolis"? Is... is this because... I'm going to say this usage is different than "the 'Hello World' script" because... because these proper nouns can be recognized on their own and don't need "novel" or "album"? Oh dear, I'm confused.) Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 15:48
  • It's like Præsident Linkoln!
    – nemo
    Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 17:53
  • @nemo Well, that's a title, and that's a whole nuther matter, Captain Nemo. Commented Aug 27, 2021 at 18:28

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