[Ads-l] "The Big Easy"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Mar 4 16:59:13 UTC 2019

John Baker wrote:
> In print, at least, the acronym “NOLA” (short for New Orleans, Louisiana) seems to
> have taken over (although I haven’t been to New Orleans since 2015, when my
> daughter graduated from college there).  There did not seem to be any particular
> prejudice against “Big Easy,” but perhaps it is more acceptable in contexts
> relevant to tourists and other visitors.  I don’t recall ever hearing “Crescent City.”

I first encountered the nickname Crescent within the names of two
newspapers based in New Orleans:

The Evening Crescent
New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Crescent
New Orleans, Louisiana

Barry Popik has an entry about the nickname.
Crescent City (New Orleans nickname)

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