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View Poll Results: When you hear Washington, you think of?
I think of Washington state. 25 37.31%
I think of Washington DC. 33 49.25%
I don't know. I would ask or wait for more context to figure it out. 9 13.43%
Voters: 67. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-09-2014, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Austin
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When you hear Washington referring to a place, do you think first of the state of Washington or Washington DC?

Also, if you would, please state where you are from as a comment. I'm curious to see if there are patterns from around the country.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I live in Texas currently. I grew up in Arkansas and lived in Utah, Colorado, and California as well. I've always thought of Washington state first since almost all the people I've dealt with have meant Washington state.
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Old 11-09-2014, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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When people say "Washington" i think of the city first but i think most people say Washington State and D.C. anyway instead of just Washington.
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:14 AM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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I automatically think the city wherever I am when I hear Washington, but I grew up in the suburbs right outside the capital beltway in MD.
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Old 11-09-2014, 06:43 AM
 
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It really depends on context for me. When I lived on the East Coast, "Washington" almost always meant DC. I lived in MA, NJ, NY, and Washington DC. But when I lived on the West Coast, it meant the state (unless you were listening to a political ad). I lived in Seattle and LA. I'm a new transplant to the Upper Midwest, but I haven't heard what people say here yet. I tend to say "Washington state" and "Washington DC" or "DC" if I think it's not obvious from the context of the conversation.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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I most often hear many just say DC, and if Washington is said then I'd assume state.
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Old 11-09-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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If I hear Washington, I think of DC. Someone would have to say "Washington State" for me to think of the state. I think it's because I live on the East Coast not far from DC and I am much more exposed to the capital than the state that I have never been to on the other side of the country.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Durham
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The State . . . because I lived there for 13 years (even though I am from South East Pennsylvania). :-)



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When you hear Washington referring to a place, do you think first of the state of Washington or Washington DC?

Also, if you would, please state where you are from as a comment. I'm curious to see if there are patterns from around the country.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:19 AM
 
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Only East Coasters refer to DC as "Washington" or "Worshington" or "Washeenun" or whichever bizarre way the pronounce it.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:25 AM
 
Location: LoS ScAnDaLoUs KiLLa CaLI
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Depends on context. Kind of like the name Kelly. Or Jamie.
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