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Old 11-19-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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This might be a silly question but the other day two friends of mine were referring to San Francisco as SFO. I'm going to SFO next week and so on... I asked what is SFO? And they were taken aback tha I did not know what SFO stood for.

Apparently, everyone refers to San Francisco as SFO? Is that correct? Thanks for clarifying it out for me.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Only if they think The City is an airport.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Fremont,CA
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SFO isn't used as a shorthand for the City of San Franciso, unlike other places such as Atlanta being called "ATL" or Phoenix "PHX".
Perhaps because SFO isn't actually in San Francisco, but is 15 miles south of the city. Also, the Bay Area has 3 major cities (San Francisoc, Oakland, San Jose) unlike Atlanta or Phoenix, which have one.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: California
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SF yes, SFO if they are flying and refer to their destinations by airport code. Only you know your friends well enough to figure out if they are speaking in some hip new lingo (they aren't) or if they are really just kind of ignorant.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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SFO isn't used as a shorthand for the City of San Franciso, unlike other places such as Atlanta being called "ATL" or Phoenix "PHX".
Perhaps because SFO isn't actually in San Francisco, but is 15 miles south of the city. Also, the Bay Area has 3 major cities (San Francisoc, Oakland, San Jose) unlike Atlanta or Phoenix, which have one.
I've never heard anyone in person refer to Phoenix as "PHX", that just sounds weird imo.

I've only seen people refer to SF as "SFO" online but don't recall anyone in person saying that. For some reason it seems to bother people online too like "Frisco" or "San Fran", I don't really get the big deal people make about it.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:42 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Only people who are too lazy to pronounce an extra syllable.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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No.

Only an auslander* would say that.

* In this usage, it is a Herb Caenism. Auslanders would say "CLEM-ent" etc.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:07 PM
 
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I've never heard anyone in person refer to Phoenix as "PHX", that just sounds weird imo.

I've only seen people refer to SF as "SFO" online but don't recall anyone in person saying that. For some reason it seems to bother people online too like "Frisco" or "San Fran", I don't really get the big deal people make about it.
Actually this is quite common in Phoenix. Even the Phoenix Suns have alternate orange jerseys that just display "PHX" on the front.

I see "SF" used a lot around here and I will use it myself. That seems to be the only abbreviation everyone can agree on. Anything else is sure to spark an embarrassing debate on its appropriateness.
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:09 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Actually this is quite common in Phoenix. Even the Phoenix Suns have alternate orange jerseys that just display "PHX" on the front.

I see "SF" used a lot around here and I will use it myself. That seems to be the only abbreviation everyone can agree on. Anything else is sure to spark an embarrassing debate on its appropriateness.
I know that but I mean do people actually say "PHX" aloud? I see Phoenix abbreviated all the time like that but didn't realize people will actually say those three letters to refer to it.


Also is there anywhere that gets as uptight about what one refers or abbreviates a city as in the Bay Area?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Newark, Ca
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Easy answer: Nobody around here refers to San Francisco as SFO. Nobody. In all my 32 years of living here, SFO has always specifically referred to San Francisco International Airport. Actually, this website is the only place I've ever seen anybody refer to the city as SFO.
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