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Old 01-04-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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We disagree about Atlanta vs. L.A., mission, but I share your hatred of the OC. What pretentious crap. I no longer lived in California when I started hearing people from around the country referring to "the OC". I never heard it referred to as that growing up there. Cali is also dumb, but not quite as obnoxious. L.A. is fine. "Los Angeles" is a lot of syllables.

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Well one way to spot a tourist is to hear them say "Cali." Nobody in California EVER calls it that. It sounds too "cute" for me. It doesn't terribly bug me though, it just isn't something locals say and sounds so weird to us.

Also, I HATE "The OC" for Orange County. Nobody on planet earth called it that before all those ridiculous shows. Now people have this image of plastic women with bleached blond hair and BMW's when they think of this place. People don't say "The" OC here, but OC has caught on just like L.A. is popular for Los Angeles.

Tourist way: I am so excited to visit the beach in THE OC. (just translate it: The Orange County, sound dumb)
Local way: I am excited to visit the beach in OC.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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I don't mind when people say "Philly". I don't mind "NYC" very much. I'm sometimes annoyed by "Jersey", sometimes not, depending on the context. However, for some reason I hate when people say "Cali", I don't know why.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:44 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Oddly enough, neither Denver nor Colorado have nicknames that are commonly used. Denver is called "The Queen City", "The Mile High City", a "cowtown", etc, but no one says "I'm going to the cowtown", etc.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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Oddly enough, neither Denver nor Colorado have nicknames that are commonly used. Denver is called "The Queen City", "The Mile High City", a "cowtown", etc, but no one says "I'm going to the cowtown", etc.
I always say DenCO
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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I am a San Francisco native, and "Frisco" was always considered uncool. Cali sounds like something a person on a fake reality show or rap lyric would say.

Any common two letter abbreviation of a city or state is usually fine in written text. Some cities or metros have acronyms like NOLA, NOVA, KCMO, but I would guess that some of these are used just in written text and some are used in speaking also.

Boston gets called "beantown", don't know if they like that or not. "Chi-town" sounds OK for Chicago, kind of goes along with the song Chicago (my kind of town).

My favorite abbreviation for a city is MoTown, obviously Detroit. It's short, simple and for most of the 20th century so appropriate as the epicenter of automobiles. MoTown is feeling the pain these days, no doubt.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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No one says Beantown.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:57 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Our mayor here is trying to get people on with calling Albuquerque "The Q" and placing stuff around the city with "The Q" on it. The locals dont like it and its just stupid,

Albuquerque has always been known as "The Duke City" or "Burque" pronounced in Spanish.
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:58 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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Salt Lake Shi**y (self-censorship involved) never really appealed to me.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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Oddly enough, neither Denver nor Colorado have nicknames that are commonly used. Denver is called "The Queen City", "The Mile High City", a "cowtown", etc, but no one says "I'm going to the cowtown", etc.
I've always thought of Charlotte when I hear "The Queen City".
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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No one says Beantown.
Yeah, in fact it's so uncommon out here that I forgot to mention it in my first post.

I would probably equate it to tourists using the "O.C" in California... I've only ever heard outsiders use "beantown."

Actually, I did know an annoying girl in high school who used to say, "I'm going to party in the Bean" in reference to Boston. She never did say, "Beantown" though so I'll chalk it up to the fact that she was an idiot.
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