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Old 07-17-2009, 06:12 PM
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I've lived here 53 years and never heard it called Cali nor have I heard the rap song. I have traveled a bit around the U.S. and I have never heard that term. I'm from northern California and that's what I tell people. As far as Frisco, it's been called that as long as I can remember.
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Old 07-17-2009, 06:40 PM
Location: The High Seas
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I call it "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysili ogogogoch number two" because "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysili ogogogoch" was already taken.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:29 AM
Location: Southern California desert
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No, just California
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:28 PM
Location: Tyler, TX
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Never really heard "Cali" except from folks outside of California. I hear NorCal and SoCal a lot, as well as LA, Bay Area, Central Valley, etc. mostly local colloquialisms rather than much that references the state as a whole. I just say the letters, C-A. And "Frisco" is not really seen as a proper term within San Francisco. Some folks get really incensed, most just see you as some dirty tourist :P
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:39 PM
Location: San Gabriel Valley, CA
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My husband was born and raised here and he does call it Cali, sometimes, but it's kind of in a joking way...I think.

Usually he calls our area SoCal.
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Old 07-19-2009, 01:36 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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Never would say Callie or Cally or any derivative. Ever.

SoCal and NorCal sure. For the state as a whole I would just use the full name.

For my SoCal ears it is just as bad as Hella or Sketch but then again I would just throw back a Frisco for them.
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:12 PM
Location: SW MO Aux Arcs
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Nope. Never. Won't even after we leave it for good.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:16 PM
Location: California
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I never hear natives say "Cali". They all say "NorCal" and "SoCal".
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:07 AM
Location: Earth
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Originally Posted by nicmey View Post
I know, I've always used the term for that exact reason.

Also, never really noticed the NorCal/SoCal rivalry much until college, when everyone always seemed to identify their affiliations.

At that point I started hearing the term NorCal used primarily by Northern Californians (aka SF, even though IMO SF is practically central CA. Yes there is a lot of space past SF).
Sometimes referred to as "South Oregon" (even though the far north has preserved its traditional Californianity better than any other part of the state has, as Bay Area Hillbilly will attest. When one crosses the Marin/Sonoma county line one enters into something resembling more of what CA used to be like.)
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by bjh View Post
refer to their state as Cally?

How are you spelling that? Cally, Cali, Calley?
Never! My husband,friends who are native,family members of my husband's,and their extended family-noone calls it cali. Except the oft used joke/song 'goin' back to Cali,cali'....

Just like no native SFO'ers call the city 'san fran or frisco [esp. that one! ew.]'. Okay,there will probably be people who say they do call it san fran,cali,usa.
but hey,not in my experience(:

Last edited by lrmsd; 02-18-2010 at 08:22 PM.. Reason: typo
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