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Old 04-26-2011, 11:48 AM
 
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I say I live in the DC-Metro area.
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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I tell people that I live in Northern Virginia about 30 miles outside of DC. That is for everyone not from this area....if I say Northern Virginia - they tell me - oh, it is so beautiful there and so quiet and nice... I can't for the life of me figure where they are talking about except - obviously another part of VA that I don't live in!
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I say both Nova and Northern Virginia. I'll say Nova if talking to friends in the area, and Northern Virginia if talking to friends from other states or outside the country.

Sometimes if I'm talking to friends from outside the region I say I live in the D.C. Metro Area but I don't say that very often anymore. It used to have to say that because none of my friends in California knew where I was talking about when I said Northern Virginia. Now that half the state has moved here they seem to know where it is.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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BTW I'm really proud of being a Virginian.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:23 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Depends on how close (socially) I am to the person. If it's a really brief encounter with someone I don't know, I'll just say DC. Otherwise, I'll go into more detail.. not sure whether I say "Virginia, outside of DC," or "the Virginia suburbs of DC" ot what the most often. If they seem to want more info, I'll specify "Fairfax" (I used to say "Alexandria" when I lived in Huntington... shhhhh! ). Nobody outside NoVA knows what 'the City of Fairfax' is - honestly, few of the people within NoVA know that.

Honestly, though, I would REALLY prefer to say someplace in VA no where NEAR DC and have it be true.
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Old 04-26-2011, 12:51 PM
 
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I always say I'm from Virginia. I don't bother with "Northern" and definitely don't say NoVA except when I write, like here on these forums.

When I talk about DC, I always DC or "the city" or the specific part of the city I'm talking about. The problem with telling someone around here something like "I lived in DC for 8 years," they assume you mean in the DC metro area. But if you said "I lived in the city for 8 years" or "I lived in Dupont for 8 years," they'd know what I meant. For some reason, saying "the District" never caught on with me, although that works too.

Outside the US, I always say I'm from DC. People outside the US only know NYC, Florida, California, and DC.
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:26 PM
 
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When talking to folks out of the area, I say "in Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C."

When talking to folks in the area, I say "Northern Virginia."

When I type at people, I type "NoVA."

When I talk about or type about the city, I just call it D.C.
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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I admit that most times, when someone asks where I live, I tell them just outside Washington, D.C., in Virginia.
I say the same thing. People outside of this area don't know northern Va. from southern Va.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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Where do I live? Where am I from? Hmmm...depends.

If I'm out of town then I'll say that I'm from DC or might say "just outside of DC"

What do I call the city next door? Usually go between "the District" "DC" or "the City". I never say "Washington". When I think "Washington" I think politics. I'm so anti-politics.

I like "the DMV". I've said that before too but not that often. Nicknames are fun. I wish this area had more of them.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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I say the same thing. People outside of this area don't know northern Va. from southern Va.
Yeah I never tell people I'm from Northern Virginia for that reason.
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