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Old 02-15-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Do most people out of California know the terms NorCal and SoCal meaning Northern and Southern California?

Some people I know on the east coast already know those terms, but I feel like most people from say, New York or Georgia, wouldn't know NorCal or SoCal instantly if I said "I'm from NorCal" in person, or type "hey i'm from norcal man..."

What would you think?

 
Old 02-15-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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What else could NorCal or SoCal be?
Maybe i'm misunderstanding your question but i don't see how they could be interpreted as anything but Northern California and Southern California.
 
Old 02-15-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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What else could NorCal or SoCal be?
Maybe i'm misunderstanding your question but i don't see how they could be interpreted as anything but Northern California and Southern California.
I don't know if anybody could instantly understand what "NorCal" would mean if I said that to them in person, out of state. But I don't know, I've never been to another state besides CA, but I've been to China. I don't think my 2nd cousins in China (some that speak nearly fluent English) would know "Nor Cal"
 
Old 02-15-2012, 08:21 PM
 
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I'm aware.

However, I'm not sure where borderline is between NorCal and SoCal. And whenever I come across somebody from CA here, they normally refer to the city of where they come from rather than a whole region.
 
Old 02-15-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Eugenius
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All my Phoenix friends call SoCal "Cali", I think that might be a more well-known term. They know the term SoCal though, but probably not NorCal. But Phoenix probably doesn't count because it's Junior Los Angeles--- Phoenix tries so hard to not be Los Angeles but fails completely.
 
Old 02-15-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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All my Phoenix friends call SoCal "Cali", I think that might be a more well-known term. They know the term SoCal though, but probably not NorCal. But Phoenix probably doesn't count because it's Junior Los Angeles--- Phoenix tries so hard to not be Los Angeles but fails completely.
It's also one that really bugs many californian's.
 
Old 02-15-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: A bit further north than before
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I think most Americans would understand and make the right associations with Socal right off the bat.
Norcal is probably a bit less commonly heard outside of California.
 
Old 02-15-2012, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Eugenius
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It's also one that really bugs many californian's.
Yes, it bothers me too, I laugh at them because they are so serious when they say it and it sounds so silly. I blame rap music, I think they really overhyped this mythical image of 'Cali' like Shangri-la and we can't live up to it.
 
Old 02-15-2012, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Yes, it bothers me too, I laugh at them because they are so serious when they say it and it sounds so silly. I blame rap music, I think they really overhyped this mythical image of 'Cali' like Shangri-la and we can't live up to it.
I think it is just fine, and makes at least as much sense to those not from here as NorCal or SoCal.
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