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    Cyburbian biscuit's avatar
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    Nicknames

    As inspired by our newest member teshadoh, who places his location in "Asslanta," and his professed love of giving nicknames to places.

    Almost every town and city in the world has a nickname used by locals and visitors alike. Some are descriptive like Chicago "The Windy City." Others like "Asslanta" for Atlanta are funny, while some, like "Craphole," used to describe a certain unfriendly town in West Virginia are downright derogatory. So my fellow Cyburbanites, what are some city and town nicknames you are familiar with? And if you can how the place got that particular moniker.

    A few I've heard before that I can think of off the top of my head:

    *Pittsburgh, PA - "The 'Burgh" or "Steel City," although there are no longer any mills in the city.
    *Charleston, SC - "Chucktown" to the college students
    *Greenville, SC - "G-Vegas"
    *Spartanburg, SC - "Sparkleburg"
    *Rock Hill, SC - "Rock Thrill" beacuse that's what it isn't.
    *Canansburg, PA - "Gun Town" obvious allusion to the proper name I suppose
    *Walhalla, SC - "Hogwaller" a reference by non residents to this small town's high school mascot, the Razorbacks.

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    Albany, New York, also known as "Smallbany" (I know this one all too well)
    Columbus, Ohio--"Cow Town"

    That's all from me...

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    I can think of only a couple:

    Ann Arbor, MI: A-squared, because of the double A's and also the Peoples Republic of Ann Arbor, because of the high "granola" content

    Detroit, MI: Dirtroit, because of it's.....ummm....grittyness (sometimes affectionate, most times derogatory)
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by biscuit
    Some are descriptive like Chicago "The Windy City." .
    Another "Windy City" here - it's not uncommon to see pedestrians bent double, struggling against the wind, umbrellas blown inside out in Wellington.

    We also call it "Welly" - kind of a fond name used by locals. Or Middle Earth. They changed all the signposts to Middle Earth during LOTR hype.

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    Syracuse, NY -> The 'Cuse

    Boston, MA -> Beantown
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    As you mentioned G-Vegas, several towns & cities go by a similar name - like Nash Vegas (Nashville)

    But here is only one other I can think of right now, but it's really good:
    Suckaloosa or F**kaloosa (Tuscaloosa, AL)

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    Ishpeming Michigan = Ishpatucky (stereo typed)
    Marquette Michigan = Iron City (from the movie Anatomy of a Murder)
    Green Bay WI = Title Town
    Detroit = Hockey Town
    Hannaville Indian Reservation in Michigan's Upper Peninsula = Hanna-Vagas (Large Indian Casino)
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    Most of these are regional Wisconsin nicknames
    Kenosha Wi = Kenowhere
    Madison, WI = Madtown
    Milwaukee WI = Brew City/Cream City/Brew Town
    Whitefish Bay WI = Whitefolks Bay
    Waukesha WI = The Shaw

    Plus..
    Cincinnati = Cincinasty
    Indianapolis - Nap-town
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    Two down and out suburbs of Detroit:
    Garden City --> Garbage City

    Westland --> Wasteland

    Also, Ypsilanti, Michigan --> Ypsi-tucky, Ypsi-trashy

    Moving east...

    Frederick, Maryland ---> Fred-neck

    Takoma Park, Maryland ---> The People's Republic of Takoma Park (It is a "Nuclear Free Zone")

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    New Orleans - "The Big Easy"

    Sometimes I call it "Da Big Sleazy"
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    I always thought Frederick was a lovely town, Chevy Chase???? Very neat architecture downtown. Has it decayed, turned into a sprawlville?

    Some California ones:

    "The City" (There is only one San Francisco, and this is the name, as capitalized, used in all the local press).

    Berzerkely , Peoples Republic of Berkeley The ORIGINAL People's Republic!

    Sacratomato-Sacramento.

    Cowtown-Vacaville (of course).

    Others:

    My hometown, Fort Wayne, Indiana, was always Three Rivers City.

    Indianoplace-Indianapolis (much, much improved, though. Im was pretty impressed last year!)

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    Baltimore:
    Bawlamer, Bawlmer, Baldimor--"Baltimore" in de layocul axaynt.
    Mobtown--for the anti-War-of-1812 riots; reinforced by the street gangs in the 1840s and 1850s, the riots at the beginning of the Civil War, and the 1968 riots after Martin Luther King's assasination.
    Crabtown--b/c of the crabs from the Chesapeake and the long history of good seafood.
    Charm City--from one of many feel-good promotional campaigns, one of the few nicknames from those things that stuck.
    City that Bleeds, City that Breeds--rips on another promotional nickname, "The City that Reads" (from a failed '90s literacy campaign), referring to the high murder and teen-pregnancy rates. Both rates have fallen a lot since, and the City that Reads campaign is a fading memory, so neither nickname is heard much anymore.
    Hon-Land (mine)--for the local habit of calling people "hon". Older people do this more than the young, although a 22 yr old friend of mine originally from the DC burbs has unconsciously picked this up. Especially common in Hampden (a.k.a. Hon-Town, or The Last Bastion of The Beehive).

    Frederick=Fredneck (Frederick Co. was until recently rural and looked down on as the DC area's Official Hickville. Now most of the population is suburban, although most of the land is still rural and Frederick City itself is still by all accounts a nice, largely intact little city.)

    Westminster=Westmonster (mainly affectionate)

    Rising Sun=Rising Scum (hickish reputation, holdout for a withered/fading remnant of the Klan whose looming past reputation is far more substantial than whatever is left of its actual real-life membership.)

    Hazzard County (think Dukes of Hazzard)=Harford County. Baltimore's answer to Frederick County: rural reputation somehow surviving despite serious growth and sprawl (I call it Sprawlford County, and I've heard at least one other person call it that, too.)

    Baghdad-by-the-Bay=Annapolis: state capitol, next to the Chesapeake Bay. 'Nuff said.

    I've heard of Cinciltucky (Cincinnati), for being next to Kentucky and supposedly more hickish than other Ohio cities.

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    Lots for Los Angeles (my home town):
    Smell-A
    Hell-A
    Sprawlywood
    La La Land
    City of Angels
    etc...

    Edmonton: Deadmonton (at least when talking about its social scene)
    Calgary: Cowtown, Stampede City
    Seattle: Emerald City or Oz (never quite got it, except maybe the green trees?)
    Portland, OR: City of Roses
    Tacoma, WA: City of Destiny (huh?)
    Colma, CA: City of the Dead (due to all the cemeteries)
    Redmond, WA: Nerdburg
    Last edited by nerudite; 09 Mar 2004 at 8:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    ISacratomato-Sacramento.
    Others: Sac, Sacto, Sacatomatoes (no R), River City, Capitol City

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    The Kansas Edition

    Manhattan Kansas = Manhappiness (Its so true!)
    Dodge City = Dodge ****ty
    Lawrence = Berkeley on the Kaw
    Wichita = Witch-a-Tittie
    Hoisington = Ho Town

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    Only us Jersey boys/girls are allowed to say this, but:

    New Jersey: The Armpit of the Nation
    Je suis Charlie

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    Toronto = "Hogtown", "The big Smoke", "T-dot", "T.O.", "Centre of the Universe"

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    Filthadelphia

    If I were from Cincinnati, I'd call it "The City of Cin" That'd be so XTREME! :d:

    Every other New England city seems to call itself "Mill City"

    I imagine Nassua, NH gets called Nausea a lot.

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    Quote Originally posted by BKM
    I always thought Frederick was a lovely town, Chevy Chase???? Very neat architecture downtown. Has it decayed, turned into a sprawlville?
    No, and yes. It's grown rapidly and is poised to overtake Gaithersburg as the state's second largest city (there are relatively few municipalities in the state of Maryland). Downtown Frederick oozes 19th, and some 18th century charm; its southern outskirts have sprawled to resemble Germantown-North. Frederick is served by MARC commuter rail to DC, but service is very limited.

    Anyway, it'll always be Fred-neck.

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    My first job out of grad school was in Palatine, IL, in the NW suburbs of Chicago. We had a disparaging nickname for each of the suburbs surrounding us:
    Arlington Blight (Arlington Heights)
    Scumburg (Schaumburg)
    Rolling Ghettoes (Rolling Meadows)
    Invermess (Inverness)
    Hoffman Mistakes (Hoffman Estates)
    Queer Park (Deer Park)
    'Course, except for 2-acre lot/million dollar homes Inverness and Deer Park, all of the others were basically indistinguishable from Palatine.
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    Is also great
    And would suffice.

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    Oxford MS was always known as the “Ox-patch”

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    One I forgot earlier, and maybe you Clemson grads can back me up on this one, is the sprawl built, highway strip mall city of Easley, SC which is not so affectionately referred to as "Sleazely."

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    Minneapplepuss-Minneapolis
    Minnesnowta-Minnesota
    SoDak/NoDak-South/North Dakota
    Lesiure-Le Sueur(my current home)
    Peoples Republic of Boulder- Boulder for the same reason as Ann Arbor. Same thing for Portland OR.
    Ahorror/Saudi Aroura-Aroura CO, a Denver suburb.
    Idiots Out Wandering Around-Iowa
    You're more boring than you know.

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    Greensboro, NC = Greensboring
    Leesburg, FL = Sleazeburg (I keep trying to apply this to Leesburg, VA, but the people here get so upset. :-} )
    Eustis, FL = Useless

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    St. Louis = The Lou (thanks Nelly)
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