City Names

Kathleen Miller millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Thu Dec 2 15:54:33 UTC 1999


At 10:16 PM 12/2/00 -0600, you wrote:
In the sports pages, it's usually "Cincy," "Indy" (not "Indie,")
Philly," and "Frisco."

Also I've seen and heard "Nawlins" for "New Orleans," and "The 'burgh"
for "Pittsburgh" although the latter is not abbreviating the city name.

Having lived in both "lewziana" and Philly, I say "nawlins" rather than New
-Or-Lee-Ans, or New Or-Leens (and wudder, go figure). I would think that was
neither clipping nor abbreviating, simply the native pronunciation.  Can
someone explain if it isn't?
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