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Old 01-05-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I've always thought of Charlotte when I hear "The Queen City".
I think every state has a "Queen City" (or two). In Maine, they call Bangor the "Queen City" and I've heard it used for both Worcester MA and Springfield MA (though, with MUCH less frequency than elsewhere). My dad used to call both Norfolk and VA Beach (where he grew up) "Queen City"... don't know how commonplace that is today (or ever was).
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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Yes, I hate when we are called "Steel town". I know that we use to produce the most steel in the world, and the reason this city exist is because of steel. However, it is outdated. There is one standing steel mill within Pittsburgh city limits now. Football announcers and some tv network (I think it is NBC) when showing football games act like we are the Pittsburgh of the 1970s. They go to the one steel mill and showing melted iron pouring out of a blast furnace instead of the inclines going up the hill, our beautiful downtown, the confluence, or other things. Fox does however, show these parts of the city. Call us the "city of bridges", or "Three rivers", or something that is still applicable.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:22 PM
 
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Not really, but I still have never had an adequate response as to why Chicago is the City of Big Shoulders, however, Chi-Town, the Windy City, the Second City, those all make sense.
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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Not really, but I still have never had an adequate response as to why Chicago is the City of Big Shoulders, however, Chi-Town, the Windy City, the Second City, those all make sense.
Famous Carl Sandburg poem:

Carl Sandburg Poems - Chicago
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Old 01-05-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Connecticut... but trying to get out
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I've always wondered... how is Chi town pronounced, and what does it mean.... just Chi(cago) Town? An abbreviation?
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:21 PM
 
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I've always wondered... how is Chi town pronounced, and what does it mean.... just Chi(cago) Town? An abbreviation?
Shy-town.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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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.
As a matter of fact, I just got back to school and saw a girl I know in class from Portland, ME and she immediately asked me "How was beantown?"

She's cool though so I guess it can slide.


Oh, and chalk another one up for haters of "the OC" and I've never even been to socal. (is calling it "SoCal" legit?). Around here "OC" means something that sketchy kids from the north shore steal from pharmacies!

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Old 01-05-2009, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Midwest City, OK
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I think the only negative name for Oklahoma City is "Bomb City," obviously because of the Federal Building bombing in '95. It's an awesome sounding nickname, but the memories and emotions it creates for people can be quite offensive.

In Oklahoma, it's simply referred to as "the city." "Oh yeah, we're going into the city tonight." Apparently that gets on a lot of my friends' nerves for whatever reason, but it doesn't erk me.

Midwest City is M-Dubb or The Dubb. Nothin' wrong with that.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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I hate it when someone says "The Big Apple". It sounds way too cheesy and I always hear it if I'm watching a game that is on a major network ( ABC, Fox, ESPN, etc ) That "We're in the Big Apple, today!" needs to go. I don't mind "NYC' most people in New York says that to a degree.
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Old 01-05-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Jersey City is often referred to as JC or Chilltown. According to legend, in the 1980s NY/NJ-area hip hop artists noted Jersey City's more chill, laid-back atmosphere compared to New York across the river. The nickname stuck among local hip hop artists and fans. There's a small dance studio near my apartment named "JAZZY CITY DANCE STUDIO." The first time I saw it, I giggled for a second, and since I've been known to tell my friends I'm on my way home to Jazzy City.
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