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Old 01-06-2009, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Alpharetta, GA (North Atlanta Metro)
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In your opinon is it okay for somebody to say they are from NYC, Miami, Los Angeles, Atlanta etc. when they really are from Long Island, Aventura, Compton or Sandy Springs?

If someone doesn't live in the main city of their metro area but they say they do, do you think that is just so people have an idea where they live or are they "posers"?
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I think it depends on the city. If you live in a place like Cambridge or Somerville MA, it's OK to say you live in Boston as your city is essentially a major part of the Boston urbanized area.

If you live in, say, MacClenny Florida, to say you're from Jacksonville may be a stretch. Even though you're right next to Jacksonville's city limits, Jacksonville is a sprawling city that is almost self encompassing. There are really rural sections of Jacksonville and even the next town over may have really nothing to do with Jacksonville's urban fabric.

This applies to many different cities.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Yeah, it's OK. It's useful shorthand for getting information across; who knows what Sandy Springs is?
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Alpharetta, GA (North Atlanta Metro)
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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.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:33 PM
 
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It's a minor peeve of mine, I'm not gonna lie. IMO, it is not. You need to say both for clarity.

Just make sure to say the suburb first, and then the city. For example, you would say "I'm from Aurora, Colorado which is just outside of Denver". I grew up in a town outside of Lansing, MI but I never "tack on" Lansing when people ask where I'm from.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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It's a minor peeve of mine, I'm not gonna lie. IMO, it is not. You need to say both for clarity.

Just make sure to say the suburb first, and then the city. For example, you would say "I'm from Aurora, Colorado which is just outside of Denver". I grew up in a town outside of Lansing, MI but I never "tack on" Lansing when people ask where I'm from.
What town outside of Lansing? Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, Haslett, Mason. Dewitt, E.L., the Waverly/West Lansing area, Charlotte, St. Johns, Webberville, etc.......
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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I always say I'm from the "_" Burbs", such as, "I'm from the DC Burbs". I'm not telling the Cab driver "Oh I'm from so and so which is 10 miles outside of x city.....blah blah blah". I like keeping my home city short and to the point.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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I think it's fine as long as your in the "Metro".....if not it's missleading.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I have always just said St. Louis because while I grew up in St. Louis County, the western boundary of St. Louis City is a mere 2 to 3 miles east of where I grew up, and I grew up only 8 miles from downtown. So for all intents and purposes, I am from the city. If I were in on the Illinois side of the river, I probably would specify the place in Illinois and then go on to indicate that it was a suburb of St. Louis.

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Old 01-06-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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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.

That's because they know you're from a "high income" suburb.
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