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biscuit

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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.
 

Elisabeth

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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...
 

mendelman

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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)
 

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biscuit said:
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.
 

teshadoh

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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)
 

michaelskis

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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)
 

Repo Man

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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
 

ChevyChaseDC

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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")
 

BKM

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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!)
 

B'lieve

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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.
 

nerudite

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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 :)
 
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el Guapo

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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 |-)
 

Seabishop

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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.
 

ChevyChaseDC

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BKM said:
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.
 

DecaturHawk

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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.
 

biscuit

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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."
 

martini

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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
 

Trail Nazi

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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
 

otterpop

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Helena is called "The Queen City of the Rockies." Though oddly, Missoula has the state's only gay bar. Just joking.
 

SGB

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otterpop said:
Helena is called "The Queen City of the Rockies." Though oddly, Missoula has the state's only gay bar. Just joking.

IIRC, isn't Missoula also known as "The Berkley of the Rockies?"
 

Richmond Jake

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A resident of Livermore, CA - Livermoron
Modesto, CA - Molesto
Stockton, CA - Stockpond
Ft. Bragg - Ft. Drag
 

boiker

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DecaturHawk said:
Scumburg (Schaumburg)
Hoffman Mistakes (Hoffman Estates)

I affectionally dubbed the identical subrubs of schaumburg and hoffman estates as Hoffburg

Others of central illinois:

Peoria: Like every other town on a river, "The River City", also "P-town" "Pe-o ree-a"
LaSalle-Peru: "L-P"
 

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Poughkeepsie is also often referred to as Po-town.

Given its name, thats a logical one, but recently its taken on a new emphasis and meaning, like "Man, all them folks livin up'n poughkeepsie sho' is po'! "
 

donk

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A few from my old locale

Freddy Beach / F'Ton - Fredericton
Monkeytown - Moncton
Frenchfryville- florenceville
Stink John - Saint John


Best place name St louis de Ha Ha! (and yes the ! is on the sign)
 

Howard Roark

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St. Louis -

Gateway City - (duh)

Mound City - referring to the many Indian mounds that once dotted the area

Arch City - (duh)

River City - (duh)

The Lou - A La Nelly

Also while not a nickname the city's matra from 1900 to the 50's -

"First in shoes, first in booze, and last in the American League"

Poor little Brownies

If you do not like the City (if that is possible) You can refer to it by one of these origional charmers

St. Louise

St. Loser
 

Jen

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I grew up near Ft. Liquordale but now live near Bland Rapids. From one peninsula state to another! ;-)
 

BKM

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MaineMan said:
Poughkeepsie is also often referred to as Po-town.

Given its name, thats a logical one, but recently its taken on a new emphasis and meaning, like "Man, all them folks livin up'n poughkeepsie sho' is po'! "

OFF TOPIC:

I interviewed once for a job with Scenic Hudson (a disaster on my part due to my own fault) and I still remember Poughkeepsie being one of the nastiest small cities I've ever seen. It hasn't improved, I take it?
 

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

Then, there's certain different prononciations of Toronto.

1. toe-raw-to
2. toe-ron-to
3. te-ran-ta (this is used only if you want to be derogatory, though, and is often said by those who live out in the countryside and despise the city b/c of the perception that Torontonians think of themselves as the "centre of the universe" as Transplanner mentioned)

And there's the nickname of "the City"
 

Bear Up North

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Toledo has often been referred to as.....

Glass Capitol Of the World - Original home to world headquarters of three (3) of the largest producers of glass in the world. Of course, consolidation and acquisitions have changed all of that.

City Of Churches - Perhaps a long-ago reference to Collingwood Boulevard, in Toledo, which has a large number of churches along its' length. Or, a reference to the phrase, "Holy Toledo!". You don't hear that one (1) much anymore.

Some local Toledo radio commercials for years have called it "T-Town".

Other places.....

My son lived in downtown Ann Arbor for years and would often call it "Double A".

Years ago, many people called the Upper Peninsula of Michigan "Cloverland".

Steeler fans (and I certainly fit that description) often called our team "Blitzburgh" because of our.....back then.....blitzing football defense.

Before the Winnipeg hockey team moved out of the cold Canadian city, NHL fans referred to it as "Lose-A-Peg", because of their poor record.

Slightly off-topic, residents of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan refer to residents of their part of the state as "Yoopers".....just sound out the U.P. and you have "Yooper". They do refer to folks south of the Mackinac Bridge as either "Lopers" (Lower Peninsula) or "trolls" or "fudgies". Fudgies is probably common in any tourist area that has fudge shops.

Bear Near Swantucky (Swanton, OH)
 

SkeLeton

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hum.. Santiago is usually called Santi-asco which translates to something like Santi-disgusting... Why disgusting? we've got smog, and lots of trash...
 

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Rochester, NY... Known to twenty-somethings as "The Roc" (after the airport code).

Des Plaines, IL... Either shout out like Tattoo from Fantasy Island "Des Plaines! Des Plaines!" or simply call it Des Plaines, because you can't make it through the town without stopping for one (or seven).

Lake Buena Vista, FL. "The LBV", or just say the whole name with a Ricardo Montalban accent.
 
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Binghamton, NY- Parlor City, Carousel Capital

Syracuse, NY- Salt City

Rochester, NY- ROC

Corning, NY - Crystal City

Ithaca, NY- 10 square miles of paradise, surrounded by reality. Granola City, Ithaca is Gorges.
 

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I say that I live in the Minneapple.

Only thing is, that I'd much rather live in Minneapolis than NYC. :p
 
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Upstate NYers should be familiar with a few of these:

Rochester: RocCity, RockTown, Rottenchester, Crotchfester, Flower City, Flour City, Kodak Town, World's Image Centre
Buffalo: Barfalo, B-Lo, Bar-flow
Syracuse: Sewercuse, Sewerpukes, Suckacuse, S-Hole
Troy: Troylet
Binghamton: Bingo
Niagara Falls: The Stalls
Schenectady: Sconnecttadots, Vasectomy, Electric City
Worcester, MA: Wormtown, WarTown
 

benk928

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Va

Virginia doesn't have many good ones:

Northern Virginia: NoVA, (pronounced Nova) or as we Hampton Roads people like to call it, Hell.
Williamsburg: Billsburg
Portsmouth (like any city that begins with the letter P): P-town
Chesapeake: (rarely) The Peake
Virginia Beach: The Beach

The whole Hampton Roads region is often referred to (at least among the younger kids who grew up with it) by its telephone area code: The 757.

My friends amusingly refer to Charlottesville as Harlotsville.

That's all I got, nothing too great.

-Ben
 

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hmmm...in Mobile (or Mo' Bile) they've come up with little nicknames for the different parts of the city like:

LoDa = Lower Dauphin - the Entertainment District of Downtown
the OGD = Oakleigh Garden District
MiMo = Midtown Mobile
WeMo = West Mobile

Otherwise Mobile is known as the Azalea City for all the beautiful, but allergy inducing, shrubs that grow rampant here.
 

DA Monkey

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some of the more memorable town names here

Herpies Bay (a local name for this tourist town) - Hervey Bay; and
Depression Bay (Where I spent some of my childhood) - Deception Bay
 
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