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Old 10-02-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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My mom's family has been in New Orleans and the surrounding areas since the late 1700's . I have NEVER heard any of them use the term NOLA . Not in speaking nor in writting . In fact , most of the people that I have heard use it are non residents or non natives . Just curious .
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:31 PM
 
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Never used it myself - born there, lived the better part of my life there, had relatives there since the 1860s.
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Old 10-02-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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It's usually used in writting and it's more of a recent thing. It's most commonly used as a postal abbreviation, but its usage is picking up. Many organizations and websites are using it now and you can't overlook the Times Picayune, NOLA beer, TeachNOLA, etc. -> http://www.nola.com/t-p. The city actually uses on things such as some of the recovery adds and it's also in the Hornets logo.



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In speech you're usually going to hear "N.O." or "The City" from locals, whereas NOLA is mostly written.

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Old 10-02-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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Tourists. Same thing as "N'Awlins". Just a money-making, trendy designer name.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:05 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Tourists. Same thing as "N'Awlins". Just a money-making, trendy designer name.
It may be a trendy money making scheme, but it's definitely not catered to tourists. Everything dealing with the acronym NOLA is usually geared towards locals. I think that's mostly aimed toward the younger generation as that is where it's used the most. Even then it's still limited mainly to an abbreviation and not an actual nickname. Tourist will continue to know the place as the one and only "Nawlins"

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Old 10-02-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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Eh , I'm a traditional kind of guy . Old school , if you will . I don't like it . Just doesn't sound right .
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Never used it in speech nor heard anybody else doing so. Just a written thing. No different than NYC or LA (although LA is obviously used quite a bit in speech).
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Old 10-03-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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I never heard NOLA used till the media started slinging it around post-Katrina. Maybe it was around, but I didn't hear it.
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: City of Central
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I never heard NOLA used till the media started slinging it around post-Katrina. Maybe it was around, but I didn't hear it.
That's what I mean . The natives don't use it much . I'm talking about the people that have been there for multiple generations .
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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It's an abbreviation, not a nickname. Nobody says "I'm going to NOLA" or "It's in NOLA", as NOLA is not really a spoken term. On the other hand it has been around in written form for years. Plenty of People write NOLA, 701** on mail and various forms. The difference is now younger people have picked it up and are making something of it. To be honest, New Orleans has needed a new identity for a long time coming and anything that goes against the stat quo is more than welcome.
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