City Names

M. Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy at BAYLOR.EDU
Wed Dec 1 15:38:42 UTC 1999

Waco seems not to be clipped.  It's just called Wacko sometimes.
Champaign-Urbana becomes Chambana (or Shampoo-Banana)
I don't think Amherst (MA) gets clipped--though when you move there you
learn not to pronounce the H, but i don't think that should count as
My home town of Newark, NY is derogatorily called Nurk, Nyurk by people
who've moved out.

And we already talked about Jo'burg, so that's where I've lived...

>From: Bonnie Osborn Briggs <BBriggs at LATTE.MEMPHIS.EDU>
>Subject: Re: City Names
>Date: Wed, Dec 1, 1999, 10:17 AM

>Memphis.  Unless you want to count Mempho as a clipped name.
>"Dennis R. Preston" wrote:
>> What city don't have a clipped name? All the ones I've lived/worked in do:
>> New Albany - Nawbnee
>> Columbus - Clumps
>> Oswego - Swiga
>> Ann Arbor - Narber
>> Indianapolis - Nnnaplus (4 morae, no shit!)
>> East Lansing - Slansing
>> etc...
>> dInIs
>> >This may have been discussed on our list or on the ANS list...but...has
>> >anyone compiled a list of cities that have "clipped" names in local usage?
>> >1.  Flagstaff=Flag
>> >2.  Rapid City=Rapid
>> >3.  Vancouver=Van
>> >etc.
>> Dennis R. Preston
>> Department of Linguistics and Languages
>> Michigan State University
>> East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
>> preston at
>> Office: (517)353-0740
>> Fax: (517)432-2736

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