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Why is it "Mission Impossible" not "Impossible Mission" and so in "The Lion King", why not "The King Lion", and so on? I'm not a native English speaker.

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    It’s actually “Mission: Impossible” with a colon. – Laurel Mar 7 at 21:49
  • Ah! I didn't notice that before. Thanks anyway! But what about "The Lion King"? Does it mean "the king of the lions" or "the king that is a lion"? – OS1799 Mar 7 at 22:07
  • the king that is a lion. – GerardFalla Mar 7 at 22:25
  • Remember that the lion king is actually king of the jungle, all the animals are his subjects. – Barmar Mar 11 at 18:54
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    Note that neither "lion" nor "king" are adjectives, they're both nouns. – Barmar Mar 11 at 18:55
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English has a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to the ordering of nouns and their adjectives. Reversing the usual order often makes a movie title seem more exotic and interesting without compromising its comprehensibility. This occasionally leads to ambiguity -- is "fish sauce" a sauce for fish, or a sauce made out of fish, or both?

Other examples include: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ...okay that's all I can think of right now, but I trust more will appear in comments.

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