Gregory McNamee gm at GREGORYMCNAMEE.COM
Sun Feb 3 23:13:01 UTC 2008

"Zonies" comes from San Diego-area surfer talk from the late '70s,
referring to Arizonans, me among them, who came there to surf. The
local turf-guarders--"surf Nazis," in the vernacular--meant it as an
insult, but we had no problem calling ourselves Zonies, so the effect
was muted. San Diegans in general now refer to Arizona visitors as
Zonies, and the usage now seems to have spread to Zona.


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