City Names

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Thu Dec 2 19:58:07 UTC 1999

"Peter A. McGraw" wrote:
> --On Sat, Dec 2, 2000 10:16 PM +0000 Joseph McCollum <prez234 at JUNO.COM>
> wrote:
> > In the sports pages, it's usually "Cincy," "Indy" (not "Indie,")
> > "Philly," and "Frisco."
> There's a difference here.  I don't know about "Indy," but "Philly" and, as
> far as I know, "Cincy" are affectionate nicknames used by the locals for
> their respective Fair Cities, whereas "Frisco" is used by ignorant
> outsiders and disdained by native San Franciscans (one of whom explained to
> me once that "it's like something someone from Los Angeles would say").
> The only comparable phenomenon I'm personally aware of involves a state
> rather than a city: only New  Yorkers call New Jersey "Jersey.")

Peter has spoken the truth, natives don't call it Frisco.  Sometimes you hear
San Fran, on the Peninsula, though, you hear "The City" (which is the moniker
for many major cities in their surrounding areas).


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