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Old 01-06-2009, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Houston
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If you live in the metro area I see nothing wrong with people who say they are from that city.

I'm not sure why anyone would want to say they live in a city if they live outside of the metro area but it's not a big deal.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:31 PM
 
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No, it is not okay. Just say the state you're from. If they ask more, then you can say "I live near (insert city here)."
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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It depends who i'm talking to. If i'm talking to people around here i'll say i grew up in Cortland, but now live in Warren. If i'm in Cleveland or somewhere else w/in 50-100 miles i'll say i'm from the Youngstown area. If i'm out of state i'll say i live halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. There is no way i'd ever claim that i was from Cleveland or Pittsburgh, but i will claim Youngstown since i live in that metro area.

My brother lives in Coastal NC and when people ask where he's from he says the Cleveland area.......people down there probably have no idea where Youngstown is in Ohio (if they've heard of it they probably have only heard of the murder rate or they think of the rust belt), let alone Warren or Cortland.
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Houston
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No, it is not okay. Just say the state you're from. If they ask more, then you can say "I live near (insert city here)."
should those people be put in jail or just fined?
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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What the hell does it matter? Cities are made up of all kinda of areas including suburbs.

Sorry if someone already pointed that out.

I also think it's fine if I say I'm from Baghdad, Iraq. I can say whatever I want. (What's the point of this thread?)
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:56 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I think generally people in the south are more accepting of this. If your from Long Island and you say your from NYC people will call you out but I live in a high-income northern suburb of Atlanta and I've never had a problem with someone telling me I'm not really from Atlanta.
Lol but you also might be back on Long Island after living in the city for 20 years!
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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you said it well. i never considered myself a NY'er, and I don't understand why people who don't live in NYC (LI, for instance) consider themselves NY'ers (meaning NYC), especially since JC is MUCH closer, KWIM?

Because it's a different state. Nassau County on Long Island is a lot more like Queens than NJ is like the Bronx or Brooklyn. NJ is its own state. People who came to visit me on LI thought it was NYC.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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should those people be put in jail or just fined?
That's funny
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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People in the Chicago area, we do it all the time. I live a merely 3-5 miles outside Chicago city limits and live in the same county that Chicago is in. When I'm out of state, I usually say I'm from Chicago. I think its easier to claim the center or biggest city in your metro than have to be specific. Sometimes, it depends on what metro you live in too. Some people have a dislike of their center city of the metro; for ex. Detroit. My cousin always says he is from Southfield, MI instead of claiming Detroit. I think the suburbs and Detroit don't have a close relationship with eachother like Chicago and its suburbs.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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No, it is not okay. Just say the state you're from. If they ask more, then you can say "I live near (insert city here)."

Oh, so if you live in Oak Park Illinois (which is closer to the Loop than many parts of Chicago itself) you should just say "Illinois" and people can wonder if maybe you're from Shawneetown (you listenin' Skinner) or Cairo.
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