millerk at NYTIMES.COM
Thu Dec 2 21:31:08 UTC 1999
Having spent many of my summers there (when Wildwood was cool) - I have
always gone "down the shore" while in Philly/S. Jersey (exit 2) or "down
the Jersey Shore" when speaking to friends in NYC. And it really doesn't
matter if its north or south, going "down the shore" from Philly to Cape
May is about the same as going "down the shore" from Camden to Asbury Park.
At 01:10 PM 12/2/99 -0800, you wrote:
>Yep, Peter and Andrea have it right, as ever. When we first-yearers
>arrived from afar in Palo Alto in 1960 we were told _never_ to refer to
>The City as Frisco, a word that belongs on boxcars.
>I'll add to Peter's remarks, however, that I can recall, from the late
>40s, someone in the Flelfia (Philadelphia) area--probably an Iggles
>fan--saying something about going "down Jersey," meaning to Cape May, N.J.
>> > their respective Fair Cities, whereas "Frisco" is used by ignorant
>> > outsiders and disdained by native San Franciscans (one of whom
>> > 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 McGraw
>> Peter has spoken the truth, natives don't call it Frisco. Sometimes you
>> San Fran, on the Peninsula, though, you hear "The City" (which is the
>> for many major cities in their surrounding areas).
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