City Names

M. Lynne Murphy M_Lynne_Murphy at BAYLOR.EDU
Tue Nov 30 16:07:05 UTC 1999

Clipping names is really common in Southern Africa, but they clip them and
add an -s.  So, Durban is Durbs, Gabarone (Botswana) is Gabs, and my old
university, Witwatersrand, is Wits.  I think this habit is borrowed from the


>From: Allynherna at AOL.COM
>Subject: City Names
>Date: Tue, Nov 30, 1999, 12:02 PM

>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

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