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I'm trying to gather a list of regional pejoratives for cities and suburbs. Like here in Oregon USA, we refer to Springfield as "Springtucky," and Clackamas as "Clackansas". In Denver they call Aurora "Saudi Aurora" or "Guadalaurora". "Spocompton" is a common epithet for Spokane, WA.

Obviously, some of these might be offensive, so please recuse yourself if you see fit.
posted by yalestar to Society & Culture (217 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
 
"The People's Republic of " [insert your hip college town here] is another good example
posted by yalestar at 9:26 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


The area of Pennsylvania that isn't Philadelphia and Pittsburg is known as "Pennsyltucky"... mostly to those living in Philadelphia and Pittsburg.
posted by supercres at 9:27 AM on April 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Many people from other cities, including Pittsburgh, refer to Cleveland as the "Mistake by the Lake".

And seconding Pennsyltucky.
posted by kataclysm at 9:29 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


(Erie, PA is also sometimes a Mistake By The Lake.)
posted by kataclysm at 9:29 AM on April 18, 2011


Manchester, NH = Manch Vegas
posted by jozxyqk at 9:30 AM on April 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Fayetteville, NC is referred to as FayetteNam. Fort Bragg is there, so it's got a huge military presence.
posted by something something at 9:31 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Guess I shouldn't be surprised that we Kentuckians employ no such pejoratives. A lot of people refer to Lexington as "Lexvegas," but that's hardly pejorative (and, needless to say, not even close to hardly correct).
posted by pecanpies at 9:31 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


In San Francisco, it is sometimes pointed out that "East Bay" is pig-latin for "Beast".
posted by trip and a half at 9:37 AM on April 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Hohenwald, TN = Hole in the Wall

Half of all cities must be called Vegas. Tennessee has Nashvegas and Knoxvegas, both of which are nonsensical.
posted by heatvision at 9:37 AM on April 18, 2011


When I lived in Seattle we also referred to Spokane as "Spokangeles."
posted by milk white peacock at 9:39 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dela-no-where
posted by kimdog at 9:40 AM on April 18, 2011


When I lived in Detroit, I heard people refer to Saginaw, MI as "Sagnasty."
posted by kindall at 9:40 AM on April 18, 2011


Bodymore, Murdaland

Made famous by the opening sequence of the Wire (Season 3?) but definitely "a thing" before then.

My fiancé calls Washington, DC "Swampland on the Potomac."
posted by charmcityblues at 9:40 AM on April 18, 2011


Menomonie, WI in Dunn county= Monotony in Dumb county.
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:41 AM on April 18, 2011


"Ass of the Valley", or "Armpit of the Valley" ~ various large Central Valley cities (Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield).
posted by shinyshiny at 9:41 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, and I've heard Anchorage referred to as Los Anchorage.
posted by charmcityblues at 9:42 AM on April 18, 2011


Chattanooga, TN = Chattavegas.

Fort Wayne, IN = Fort Fun.

Atlanta = Hotlanta.
posted by valkyryn at 9:42 AM on April 18, 2011


Pennsyltucky was the first thing that came to mind.

Here in Maryland, there's a wealthy suburb in Baltimore County called White Marsh, and it's home to White Marsh Mall and a whole bunch of upscale boutiques and retailers. I mention this so you'll understand why the old, fairly run-down and decrepit Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore City has been nicknamed "Black Marsh." (Please note that I've only ever heard this name from black people.)
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:43 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Slummerville, MA
posted by jozxyqk at 9:43 AM on April 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


Sacramento = Excremento
posted by special-k at 9:43 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's interesting how many places have some variant of the Vegas thing! I've long thought that Vegas itself is a pretty awful place, but I didn't realize it had reached a cultural consensus.
posted by yalestar at 9:44 AM on April 18, 2011


Rochester, NY = Rochacha
posted by yeti at 9:44 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lake Worth, FL = Lake Worthless.
Cedar Rapids, IA = Crapids.
posted by saladin at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2011


Ypsilanti, Michigan = Ypsitucky.
posted by GaelFC at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Maine's capital Augusta is often referred to as "Disgusta."
posted by Mayor Curley at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2011


I've long thought that Vegas itself is a pretty awful place, but I didn't realize it had reached a cultural consensus.

It's less that than the perception that Vegas is perceived as being at least potentially a fun place whereas the towns that pick up the moniker are most decidedly not.
posted by valkyryn at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2011


Rutland, Vermont = Rut Vegas.
Western Massachusetts = Massatucky.
posted by Opposite George at 9:45 AM on April 18, 2011


Manhattan = Moscow on the Hudson
posted by dfriedman at 9:49 AM on April 18, 2011


I've heard the more mountainous areas of Napa county appropriately called "Napalachia"
posted by garuda at 9:49 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


In Utah...we sometimes call Provo/Orem area "Happy Valley." There's a heavy Mormon population and of course Brigham Young University. "Happy" refers to the naive goody-goody nature of the population. Kind of a stretch for what you might be looking for...but it's all I can think of.
posted by hot_monster at 9:50 AM on April 18, 2011


All these variants on "-tucky" are really depressing me. I had no idea comparing a place to Kentucky was the default method whenever one wanted to insult the place. Are our lovely gifts of bourbon and horse racing really not enough to make up for, well, the rest of it?
posted by pecanpies at 9:51 AM on April 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


Snobsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
Allwhitetuke - Ahwatukee, AZ (suburb of Phoenix)
posted by lizjohn at 9:52 AM on April 18, 2011


Raleigh, NC=Raleighwood
posted by ejazen at 9:52 AM on April 18, 2011


Small time, but Mercer Island, WA is often called Mercedes Island or Mercer Island, 90210.

Lynnwood, WA called Lynnhood.
posted by vito90 at 9:53 AM on April 18, 2011


The part of Delaware that's not New Castle County (lower Delaware) = Slower Delaware
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:53 AM on April 18, 2011


The thing about the Slummerville jab is that yes, it's an area with a lot of triple-deckers and small, closely-packed houses...but many of them are rented to undergrads or recent grads. So you people are really running yourselves down.

(Agreed, though, that from atop the hill at Tufts, Meffa/Slummerville don't look very inviting.)
posted by wenestvedt at 9:54 AM on April 18, 2011


I've heard Albany, NY referred to as "Smallbany."

And I've heard Saitama (kind of like Tokyo's New Jersey) referred to as "Dasaitama" (because "dasai" means uncool or boring).
posted by zerbinetta at 9:54 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


My mother has called Hattiesburg, MS "Hattiesgulch" since she went to the University of Southern Miss many years ago.
posted by thebrokedown at 9:56 AM on April 18, 2011


I hear people call my current town "Nashvegas" all the time, because of the rhinestones-and-hustling similarities, I guess. It makes me cringe. Nashville is fun and interesting in its own right, it doesn't need to compare itself to Vegas. hmph.

My own hometown gets called "Filthadelphia" by some wags, just before I deck them. (not really)
posted by Toothless Willy at 9:56 AM on April 18, 2011


There are the ones that you can use for a middle-of-nowhere place in any part of the country: BFE (stands for Butt Fuck Egypt. yeah, I have no idea either), Bumfuck, or Bumblefuck. (Although WHICH particular variant you use will probably depend on the area of the country you grew up in. In Dallas we used BFE, a friend from Jersey used Bumblefuck.)
posted by MsMolly at 9:57 AM on April 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Brisbane, Australia and Glasgow, Scotland also get the -vegas suffix.

Surrey, British Columbia, a Vancouver suburb, used to be called 'Slurry' in reference to the agricultural fertiliser of which it supposedly smelled.
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show at 9:58 AM on April 18, 2011


Spokanistan.

Definitely hear Slummerville and Filthadelphia all the time. I used to hear "Fudge Packing District" from bridge and tunnel crowd vising NYC (har har, because of the gays!), and Meat Market District from locals who actually went there looking for love.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:59 AM on April 18, 2011


Scarberia is what annoying west-of-the-Don Toronto hipsters call Scarborough, ON.

Apparently, Edmonton is referred to as "Edmonoton" by some Montreal types. I can't say I disagree.
posted by scruss at 10:00 AM on April 18, 2011


Like here in Oregon USA, we refer to Springfield as "Springtucky," and Clackamas as "Clackansas".

Another one I hear for Clackamas is "Crack-o-my-ass".

Oh, and (sorry, pecanpies) don't forget Vantucky.
posted by treblemaker at 10:01 AM on April 18, 2011


Here is Portland, Or, we often refer to the suburb of Beaverton as "Beavertron." I don't know why, however. We also have a neighborhood, Lents, which is commonly called "Felony Flats."
posted by elwoodwiles at 10:03 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Burlington, VT is sometimes ironically referred to as "Burlingtron, city of the future"
posted by brainmouse at 10:03 AM on April 18, 2011


Madison, WI = Madtown
posted by John Cohen at 10:04 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


In Atlanta, the suburb of Chamblee is home to quite a few South Asian immigrants, and is sometimes referred to as "Chambodia". (NOTE: I do not endorse this locution).

In the Triangle area of North Carolina, the town of Cary is said to be an acronym for "Containment Area for Transplanted Yankees".
posted by steambadger at 10:04 AM on April 18, 2011


Portland, OR also gets called "Little Beirut" now and then. I've heard Clackamas referred to as "Cracker-ass". 2nd-ing Beaverton = Beavertron.

I've heard NO-VA used perjoratively, usually when someone from the DC area (Northern Virginia) is trying to claim that they live in the South.
posted by momus_window at 10:05 AM on April 18, 2011


in San Francisco the neighborhoods Pacific Heights (Specific Whites) and Nob Hill (Snob Hill)

trip1/2 I have NEVER heard that about my beloved Oaktown. we do sometimes refer to SF as "the West Bay" though...
posted by supermedusa at 10:06 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've also heard Scarbourough refered to as Scarlem, although not for a decade or so. Northwest of Toronto is an awesome diverse city with over half the population from South East Asia, I know one of the nicknames for Brampton is Brangladesh but I am drawing a blank on the other names. I come from Burlington (Borington) but can't think of a prejoritve name for the city I hate the most; Missisauga. Surely there is one out there...
posted by saucysault at 10:08 AM on April 18, 2011


There's Screwston for Houston, TX. And Taxachusetts for Massachusetts.
posted by MsMolly at 10:09 AM on April 18, 2011


The Mattapan section of Boston = "Murdapan"
posted by mkb at 10:09 AM on April 18, 2011


NOTE: I do not endorse this locution

Yeah, I should have specified that above: relating of an epithet should not be assumed to imply endorsement of or agreement with same
posted by yalestar at 10:10 AM on April 18, 2011


I have heard Philadelphia called both Filthadelphia and Killadelphia.
posted by Shesthefastest at 10:10 AM on April 18, 2011


The are some people who call my Seattle neighborhood "Little Beruit".
posted by nomisxid at 10:13 AM on April 18, 2011


Sometimes Chapel Hill, NC, is referred to as 'Chapel Thrill'
posted by Comrade_robot at 10:13 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Vancouver = Hongcouver, NoFuncouver
posted by smorange at 10:14 AM on April 18, 2011


I had a roommate that would always refer to Hixson, TN as "Hixson, City of Love" for no reason he was prepared to explain at the time, though I can't say that the usage caught on much.
posted by valkyryn at 10:14 AM on April 18, 2011


More of a historical diss: Baltimore earned the nickname of "Mobtown" for its tendency to riot in the 19th Century, most famously when Union troops on the way to defend Washington DC marched across town to transfer from one railway station to the other, and local Confederate supporters attacked them.
posted by Quietgal at 10:14 AM on April 18, 2011


Oh, and Birmingham, AL = Bombingham.
posted by valkyryn at 10:15 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, and Edmonton = Deadmonton
posted by smorange at 10:16 AM on April 18, 2011


I had a high school teacher who called the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody "Funwoody," though I don't know how prevalent the nickname is.

Also, please don't call our city "Hotlanta" unless you want people to look at you like you're a try-hard.
posted by litnerd at 10:16 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Beserkeley, CA.
posted by musofire at 10:16 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lake Oswego, OR is "Lake No-Negro" which is awful but... uh, not untrue
posted by rabbitrabbit at 10:17 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Coworker: You live in Scummerville, right?
Me: Hey! I take offense to that. It's called Slummerville.
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:17 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also in addition to Ypsitucky (ypsilanti, michigan) we've got taylor aka taylortucky, taylors trailers in Michigan
posted by handbanana at 10:17 AM on April 18, 2011


Stinkadena for Pasadena, near Houston. I can vouch for the fact that it really is frequently used; I've often heard entire conversations where the town's proper name was never mentioned, only "Stinkadena". On the flipside, I don't think I've ever heard anyone other than a newscaster call it "Pasadena" without at least referring to the nickname.
posted by katemonster at 10:18 AM on April 18, 2011


Frederick, MD = Fredneck
posted by Salieri at 10:18 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have also heard Regina, SK, referred to as "the town that rhymes with fun."
posted by musofire at 10:18 AM on April 18, 2011 [4 favorites]


Wichita, KS is sometimes referred to - and I have no idea why - as "Bitchita."
posted by katillathehun at 10:19 AM on April 18, 2011


In the Triangle area of North Carolina, the town of Cary is said to be an acronym for "Containment Area for Transplanted Yankees".
posted by steambadger at 1:04 PM on April 18 [+] [!]


I live there and I'm pretty sure it's "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees."
posted by Jorus at 10:20 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


St. Louis Park, MN is often referred to as "St. Jewish Park," for reasons you can probably intuit.

Cook County, IL is of course sometimes affectionately referred to as "Crook County."
posted by j-dawg at 10:20 AM on April 18, 2011


Grove City or Groveport, OH are sometimes referred to as "Grovetucky."
posted by illenion at 10:21 AM on April 18, 2011


Another 'tucky: Taylor, Michigan is "Taylortucky"

Ggrowing up in Livonia, Michigan, we often self-referred to it as "Deadvonia"
posted by pardonyou? at 10:22 AM on April 18, 2011


Baltimore earned the nickname of "Mobtown" for its tendency to riot in the 19th Century

Which makes this so much dumber and ahistorical.
posted by electroboy at 10:22 AM on April 18, 2011


I occasionally refer to Arkansas as "inverse Kansas," but that has more to do with my being a mathematician than anything involving the State of Arkansas
posted by yeolcoatl at 10:23 AM on April 18, 2011 [6 favorites]


This may be among obsessed soccer fans only, but I've heard people in Seattle call Portland, OR "Portscum" and Vancouver, BC "Wankouver".

However, turnabout is fair play, and we are called "Shittle" in return.
posted by spinifex23 at 10:24 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fort La-Di-Da for Fort Lauderdale, FL.
posted by illenion at 10:24 AM on April 18, 2011


Incidentally, the Baltimore neighborhood of Pigtown does not have a pejorative nickname.
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:25 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cleveland is also "Land of the Burning Waters".

N. Missourians talk of their neighboring state, Iowegia.

People who move N from KY into SW Ohio are called "Hill Rats".
posted by IAmBroom at 10:26 AM on April 18, 2011


Frederick County, VA: Fredneck County
Winchester, VA: Funchester (said sarcastically and with optional eyeroll)
posted by catwoman429 at 10:26 AM on April 18, 2011


Eudora, KS is "Eudorka." In case you're interested in examples from outside of the US: Kampala, Uganda is "Kampothole" and Nairobi, Kenya is "Nairobbery." N-thing "Slummerville" for Somerville, MA.
posted by rebekah at 10:26 AM on April 18, 2011


I grew up on an island off the coast of Texas called Galveston. We escaped islanders refer to it as "Galvatraz."

Across the causeway on the mainland, is an oil refinery town/cluster called Texas City, which is regularly called "Texas Shitty." (This is related to the stench of the refineries.)

Stephen F. Austin State University is located in Nacodoches, Texas - which I've heard called "Nac-o-nowhere."
posted by jph at 10:27 AM on April 18, 2011


In Boulder, CO we called Longmont (the next town up) Longmontucky. We were the Peoples' Republic of Boulder.
posted by Pickman's Next Top Model at 10:27 AM on April 18, 2011


Oh, also: Springfield, IL = Springpatch
posted by catwoman429 at 10:27 AM on April 18, 2011


A couple more Canadian ones:

Winnipeg, MB = Winterpeg

Toronto, ON = The Big Smoke (I've always assumed that was a reference to the smog)

Scarborough, ON = Scarberia

And a particular Toronto neighborhood, along Lawrence Avenue = Lawrence of Arabia (not sure if that is usually intended to be pejorative, but it could be some of the time)
posted by FishBike at 10:27 AM on April 18, 2011


Spocompton (Spokane, WA)

Wasnatchee (Wenatchee, WA)

Yakivegas (Yakima, WA)
posted by karizma at 10:28 AM on April 18, 2011


I've heard the San Diego suburb of Santee referred to as Santucky.
posted by birdherder at 10:30 AM on April 18, 2011


This has a bunch:

Man Has Derogatory Nickname For Every Neighboring Town
posted by electroboy at 10:32 AM on April 18, 2011


West Hollywood, CA was for years affectionately called Boys' Town. (by my mother an her friends).

Of course, there's La-la land for Los Angeles.
posted by bluejayway at 10:33 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


It cracks me up there is a "previously asked" for this question, but here you go: previously. =)
posted by flex at 10:33 AM on April 18, 2011


In Mexico City we call the downtown the centro histérico (hysteric center) instead of centro histórico (historic center). Long Beach, California is called Strong Beach, but not by me.
posted by Locochona at 10:33 AM on April 18, 2011


San Diego is occasionally known as The Dirty Waffle (Sandy Eggo)

Lynnhood for Lynwood, WA

Vansterdam for Vancouver, B.C.
posted by illenion at 10:36 AM on April 18, 2011


Indianapolis, IN = Naptown. Because nothing happens there.
posted by pmdboi at 10:37 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Rural, conservative inland areas of California (particularly the Northern Sacramento Valley): Calabama.
posted by entropicamericana at 10:37 AM on April 18, 2011


In southern California, the "Inland Empire" areas (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties) are collectively referred to as "the Valley of the Dirt People" or, more succinctly, "The 909" (based on one of the major area codes). And yes, Fontana (one of the cities there with a more "rural" reputation) is referred to as "Fontucky." Sorry about that, Kentucky folks.

Another popular one is just to say the name of the place with a fake Spanish accent (sometimes an actual Mexican accent, more often something along the lines of Al Pacino in Scarface), with Fullerton sounding like "fu-yair-TÓN" and Santa Ana sounding like "sanTANGa."

Then, of course, there's "Hollyweird" for Hollywood.
posted by infinitywaltz at 10:41 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nashua, New Hampshire is commonly called Nausea by its younger denizens.
posted by reren at 10:41 AM on April 18, 2011


Seconding Stinkadena, Texas. It's because of the oil refineries.

And I've lived in Houston since 1992, but I have never heard anyone call it Screwston. I wonder where that gets used?
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:42 AM on April 18, 2011


Yes on the Cary, NC = Containment Area for Relocated Yankees - comes (originally) from IBM (= I've Been Moved) in Research Triangle Park and their fondness for moving people from the NY locations. Now, of course, there are many more companies, reasons, etc.

Chapel Hill, NC (a college town) has been called "Red Hill" due to our supposed communist leanings. ;)
posted by clerestory at 10:43 AM on April 18, 2011


Grove City, Ohio is Grovetucky.

Cambridge, MA is the People's Republic of Cambridge (there's even a bar!)

I've definitely heard Cleveland referred to as the "Mistake by the Lake".
posted by olinerd at 10:45 AM on April 18, 2011


La Habra, CA=Guadalahabra
posted by luckynerd at 10:46 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


The horse-shoe of subrubs and cities around Toronto are generally known as the 905 after the (most common) telephone area code for the region. I've heard 905er used in the same tone that New Yorkers use for "Bridge and Tunnel" folks.
posted by bonehead at 10:47 AM on April 18, 2011


Staten Island, New York is sometimes pejoratively referred to as Satan Island or The Rock.
posted by Soliloquy at 10:47 AM on April 18, 2011


Pardonyou?

As someone who also grew up in Livonia, your assertion is correct.
posted by handbanana at 10:47 AM on April 18, 2011


Oh, I knew I was forgetting one for La Habra. Thanks, luckynerd. Next to La Habra is Whittier, also referred to as "Shittier."
posted by infinitywaltz at 10:48 AM on April 18, 2011


And I've lived in Houston since 1992, but I have never heard anyone call it Screwston. I wonder where that gets used?

I definitely heard it either growing up in Dallas in the 80s, or when I lived in Houston from '92-'96. It's got a few Urban Dictionary entries, so it's still current, I guess.
posted by MsMolly at 10:48 AM on April 18, 2011


Small town, but...
Saint Cloud, MN is commonly derogatorily called "White Cloud".
posted by jillithd at 10:49 AM on April 18, 2011


I don't think that anyone actually refers to Manhattan as "Moscow on the Hudson" at all. And, I've heard quite a lot of vitriol hurled at it. (Hey, it is the largest city in the US...)

More NYC-area:
There's a section of Queens called "Rego Park" that has earned the nickname "Regostan" fro it's central asian population.

Sunset Park in Brooklyn is often called "Da 'Set" to emphasize the real-or-imagined presence of gang-bangers there.

Williamsburg in Brooklyn is becoming it's own pejorative on account of the hipsters. It's to the point where people will put "-burg" on the end of other neighborhood names if they think it's starting to get a little too hipsterized.

Staten Island is most often just referred to as "The Dump". I lived there, and I heard (and smelled!) the full range.

Other:
Amsterdam, NY gets "Amster Rico" for it's Puerto Rican/hispanic population.

Fort Lee, NJ gets "Fort Ree" for it's east asian contingent.
posted by Citrus at 10:56 AM on April 18, 2011


Recently I've heard the West Seattle referred to as "Best Seattle", in the same way that North Korea is "Best Korea". Probably due to the residents of that region who portray their decaying, left-behind neighborhoods as a golden worker's paradise.
posted by Aquaman at 10:56 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


A super small city, but New Britain, CT is referred to as "New Britski" due to the large Polish population in the city.
posted by smalls at 10:57 AM on April 18, 2011


Not an endorsement, but I've heard Woodbridge, VA referred to as "Hoodbridge" and Manassas, VA as "Manasshole."
posted by itstheclamsname at 10:58 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Tucson is referred to derogatorily by pronouncing a hard 'c' – Tuckson, or by referring to it as a suburb of Phoenix.
posted by carsonb at 10:59 AM on April 18, 2011


Kalamazoo, MI - The Zoo
Benton Harbour, MI - Benton Harlem
Saugatuk, MI - Fagatuk
Vicksburg, MI - Hicksburg

Vancouver, BC - Hong-Koover
posted by jasondigitized at 11:01 AM on April 18, 2011


First off, it may be spelled "Slummerville", but make sure you pronounce it "Slummahville".

And secondly, there's a rather oblique slam on the same city, that seem only to make sense after you've lived in the area: "Sommerville, gateway to Medford!".
posted by benito.strauss at 11:02 AM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Santa Fe can be cleverly transposed to Fanta Se and New Mexico is known to some as the Land of Mañana. This is done mostly by conservative Texass bastards visiting from Dalass and Screwston (where I grew up and never heard it called that). California visitors are affectionately called Californicators.
posted by jabo at 11:02 AM on April 18, 2011


yeolcoatl, I love your Trig/Kansas nickname. I'm desperately trying to figure out which town in Kansas is hyperbolically Kansan, thus deserving of the name "Kansash".
posted by benito.strauss at 11:06 AM on April 18, 2011


Burlingame CA is frequently referred to as Boringame. I've heard Pacifica CA referred to as Pa-syphilis.

The Bernal Height's neighborhood in SF has bene referred to as Maternal Heights.
posted by bitdamaged at 11:13 AM on April 18, 2011


Whitefish Bay, WI - Whitefolks Bay
posted by Hlewagast at 11:13 AM on April 18, 2011


Omaha, NE residents like to call Council Bluffs, IA (only really separated by a river from Omaha) "Council-tucky." Not complimentary in any sense. ;) There's a bit of a NE/IA rivalry in this area.
posted by ninjakins at 11:15 AM on April 18, 2011


oh slight add on to Pacifica, the Linda Mar beach can be referred to as "Lake Linda Mar" which is a reference to its lack of waves (its a surfing beach).
posted by bitdamaged at 11:15 AM on April 18, 2011


Richmond, BC = Ditchmond
posted by btfreek at 11:16 AM on April 18, 2011


Hmm. Also South San Francisco (different town, not part of SF proper) is usually referred to as South City or "So Shitty" I assume the "city" to "shitty" transform is pretty common.
posted by bitdamaged at 11:17 AM on April 18, 2011


Portland, OR burbs:
Gresham = Greshamphetamine. A lot of the Faces of Meth campaign started here.
Beaverton = Beavertron or The Tron. Mainly due to the boatload of tech companies.
Hillsboro = Hillsburrito. Slur in reference to the 19% and growing Hispanic population.
Lake Oswego = Lake No-negro. 91%+ White, 0.4% Black/African American per 2000 census. One of the more common jokes is "What do you call a black person in Lake Oswego? A Portland Trail Blazer."
Vancouver, WA = The Couv, or Vantucky. The Couv is almost always spoken in a derogatory tone.

By the way, poor Kentucky. I actually enjoy that state. Ponies running in circles, cheap smokes, cheap tasty whiskey, good weed, Southern hospitality with slightly less racism than the rest of the south. What's not to love?
posted by Mister Fabulous at 11:17 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Dundee = Scumdee
posted by car01 at 11:18 AM on April 18, 2011


Cornvalley for Corvallis, OR
posted by illenion at 11:20 AM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Cleveland is also "Land of the Burning Waters"

That's less "derogatory" than just "history", though admittedly it isn't very pleasant history.

posted by valkyryn at 11:20 AM on April 18, 2011


Jacksonville, FL, largest city by area in the continental US and probably in the running for "most boring city in which to be a twentysomething," is sarcastically referred to as "Actionville".
posted by Devika at 11:26 AM on April 18, 2011


One note, all your examples are predicated on referencing one region to comment on another region. For example, "Springtucky," is trying to insinuate Springfield is somehow like Kentucky. Same deal for "Clackansas" "Saudi Aurora" "Guadalaurora" and "Spocompton."

So the obvious question is, is this a necessary part of what you're asking for? Like, do Scumdee or Winterpeg not count because scum and winter aren't place names?
posted by RobotHero at 11:27 AM on April 18, 2011


Snottsdale, AZ
posted by lakeroon at 11:27 AM on April 18, 2011


Pine Plains, NY = Pine Box
Sacramento, CA = Sack o' Tomato
posted by expialidocious at 11:29 AM on April 18, 2011


A friend of mine lived in Riverside, CA for a while and called it "Rivertucky".
posted by Mars Saxman at 11:33 AM on April 18, 2011


Schaumburg, IL = Scumburg
posted by bentley at 11:35 AM on April 18, 2011


How about entire states? Minnesnowta.
posted by drhydro at 11:36 AM on April 18, 2011


We are all Montucky Lucky here in the Big Sky State, and some of us (me included) say it with pride. I'd also like to note that I currently live in Zoo City or Zoo Town (Missoula), a town completely devoid of any kind of zoo. It's the second largest city in the state and I have to spell it for customer service every single time...
posted by Polyhymnia at 11:39 AM on April 18, 2011


Milpitas, CA -> "Milpenis"
posted by rhizome at 11:40 AM on April 18, 2011


When I lived in Charlotte, NC, we referred to the nearby Huntersville as Hootersville. Not entirely sure why, or how common that was.
posted by MrMoonPie at 11:41 AM on April 18, 2011


New Brunswick, NJ = New Gunswick. Sigh.
posted by rachaelfaith at 11:48 AM on April 18, 2011


Santee, CA is also known as "Klantee".
posted by madajb at 11:49 AM on April 18, 2011


Annapolis is another Naptown.
The nearby Baltimore/Annapolis suburb of Odenton is known to bored young residents as Not'nedo (pronounced "nuttin-a-do")
posted by pernoctalian at 11:53 AM on April 18, 2011


Some old Renaissance-faire working acquaintances (yeah, I know) would refer to Waxahachie, TX (home of the Scarbourough faire) as "Waxmysnatchie".
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 11:56 AM on April 18, 2011


People in Austin refer to everything outside of Austin as "Texas".

(I just reread what I wrote and it sounds like smartassitude, but they really do, and the implication is that where they are ain't where those other people are. I have heard "I have to drive out to Texas to pick up some hay for the goat.")
posted by Seamus at 12:07 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


More Austin:
Round Rock, Plugerville, Leander, Cedar Park and Austin North of 183 are called South Dallas.
Dallas is pronounced as Dall-ass.
posted by Seamus at 12:10 PM on April 18, 2011


How has no one mentioned Jew York City yet?
posted by elizardbits at 12:15 PM on April 18, 2011


Darien, CT = Aryan Darien.
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 12:24 PM on April 18, 2011


And if we're venturing outside of the US, I've had several friends from Helsinki refer to it as "Hirentski".
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 12:28 PM on April 18, 2011


I have heard Montpelier, VT called Montpeculiar, Enosburg called Penisburg (so creative), and the entire Champlain Valley is sometimes referred to as the Banana Belt, because it's so much warmer than the rest of the state.
posted by vortex genie 2 at 12:40 PM on April 18, 2011


Chula Vista California, southern part, close to Tiajuana: ChulaJuana.
Seems like you can add "-tucky" to just about anything.
But really, these are all pretty offensive. We are bad people.
posted by SLC Mom at 12:50 PM on April 18, 2011


St. Louis -> St. Loser
Missouri -> Misery
posted by jeffamaphone at 12:52 PM on April 18, 2011


Duluth, MN -> 'Dull-uth' referring to its sleepiness.
posted by J-DeZoet at 12:56 PM on April 18, 2011


New Bedford is often called New Beige by locals, I have no idea why.
posted by mareli at 12:57 PM on April 18, 2011


People in Austin refer to everything outside of Austin as "Texas".

I hear people here in Seattle refer to "America" in the same way. People will describe regions far from the city center as being "out in America", or speak of a trip to some small town as a "visit to America". I think this usage began early in the Bush disaster, when the initial red state vs blue state map was replaced with the county-by-county map, showing that the election results did not represent a coastal/inland divide so much as a city/countryside divide.
posted by Mars Saxman at 1:00 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Sydney occasionally becomes "Sinny", riffing on the accent (but, oddly, "Sin City" seems to be rare).
posted by The Shiny Thing at 1:02 PM on April 18, 2011


Chattanooga is alternately Chatta-boogie or Chatta-nowhere depending on if it's where the mall is or your permanent residence.

Bombing-ham for Birmingham, a leftover from the civil rights era, and similarly the state of Missing-hippie next door.

And the ever classy Cunt's-ville and Mem-fist.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 1:14 PM on April 18, 2011


A traditional name for London was the Great Wen, and for Edinburgh, Auld Reekie.
posted by johnwcowan at 1:16 PM on April 18, 2011


Knoxvegas for knoxville.

For some reason.


Whorelando
posted by KogeLiz at 1:22 PM on April 18, 2011


I live near Cashburn (Ashburn), Virginia. I pass through Manasshole (or, My Nice Ass) to get to the IKEA in Hoodbridge.
posted by candyland at 1:23 PM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Previously.
posted by peep at 1:30 PM on April 18, 2011


I hear people here in Seattle refer to "America" in the same way. People will describe regions far from the city center as being "out in America", or speak of a trip to some small town as a "visit to America". I think this usage began early in the Bush disaster, when the initial red state vs blue state map was replaced with the county-by-county map, showing that the election results did not represent a coastal/inland divide so much as a city/countryside divide.

I've heard this same thing in and referring to the Cambridge, MA area, and for the same reason, I think.

To contribute to the thread, the area of Somerville around Porter and Davis Squares is sometimes referred to as "camberville".
posted by atbash at 1:46 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just remembered that people also sometimes refer to Asheville, NC as Ashlanta due to the number of Atlantans who vacation there. It does Asheville a disservice, as it is a lovely town.
posted by Polyhymnia at 2:09 PM on April 18, 2011


In lil' Rhode Island, we affectionately call Pawtucket "The Bucket"

Though some people might prefer it to Hell
posted by Queen of Spreadable Fats at 2:13 PM on April 18, 2011


In the UK seaside city of Brighton & Hove, the Hove part is sometimes referred to as "Hovactually" or "Hove, Actually" due to the ubiquitous nature of this sort of exchange:

"So, do you live in Brighton?"
"Yes. Well...Hove, actually...."

As Hove is the prettier and more upmarket half, it's not a slight on the half-city itself but a jibe at the residents who are quick to distance themselves from the seedier, better-known Brighton-half.
posted by K.P. at 2:24 PM on April 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Agincourt, Toronto has been called Asiancourt.
posted by bonobothegreat at 2:33 PM on April 18, 2011


Medford, Oregon is at times referred to as "Methford" or "Dreadford".

Grants Pass, Oregon, is "Grass Pants".
posted by everichon at 2:35 PM on April 18, 2011


Upon further reflection: I grew up outside the afore-mentioned Smallbany, NY. I have no idea how common/widely-used the following pejoratives are, but I have heard the following terms used by family and/or friends:

Watervliet = Slaughtervliet
Cohoes = Coho-town, pronounced with extra emphasis on the "ho" to denote the loose morals of their women
Troy = Troylet (this also doubles for residents of Troy, except for sometimes we would refer to promiscuous Troy ladies as "used Trojans")
Menands = My Nads
Wynantskill = The Skill or The Skillet, both of which are short for The Greasy Skillet, which I believe to be a tangential reference to the relatively high density of stereotypically-dressed Italian-Americans, and yes my family is also Italian and yes we are still terrible people.
Grafton = Graftincest
Schenectady = Sketch-ass-ady
Rensselaer = Rent-some-queers (I have no idea why apart from the fact that it sort of rhymes; it is not a particularly LGBT-friendly town)
East Nassau = East Buttfuck
posted by kataclysm at 2:48 PM on April 18, 2011


Vermillion, SD = Vermville or Vermtown
Sioux City, IA = Sux City (Airport is SUX)
posted by sararah at 2:48 PM on April 18, 2011


I've never heard of Screwston for Houston, either. We do have a near-urban suburb named Greenspoint. In the 1970s, it was a very nice area. In the 1980s, crime went up and somebody (who was never caught) shot and killed a constable at the mall there. It's been called Gunspoint ever since (even though many people don't remember why, or were not here when that happened).
posted by Houstonian at 3:10 PM on April 18, 2011


Peoples' Republic of Boulder

I've also heard it called the People's Republic of Boulderstan.

Fairborn, Ohio (near Dayton and Wright-Patterson AFB) called Stillborn.
posted by fuse theorem at 3:20 PM on April 18, 2011


West Memphis, AR, which is directly (west) across the Mississippi River from Memphis, TN, is often referred to as Left Memphis.
posted by raisingsand at 3:24 PM on April 18, 2011


Small town, but growing up we'd call Winchester, NH "Incester."
posted by missmary6 at 3:34 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Whitefish Bay = White Folk's Bay (suburb of Milwaukee, well known for police stopping people for Driving While Black)
Milwaukee = Brew City
Bay View (neighborhood of Milwaukee) = Gay View
posted by desjardins at 3:41 PM on April 18, 2011


Cincinnati = Cincinnasty, or alternatively, the Nasty Nati
posted by genekelly'srollerskates at 3:50 PM on April 18, 2011


Waterbury CT - the Dirty Water
posted by Shebear at 4:35 PM on April 18, 2011


In Albuquerque, people call Rio Rancho, its largest suburb, "Rio Rathole." The rest of the state sometimes counters by referring to ABQ as "Albuturkey."
posted by heurtebise at 5:21 PM on April 18, 2011


Minneapolis used to be called Murderapolis

Cadott, Wisconsin is referred to as 'Cadott, Cadott, the land that God forgot' by neighboring Shelbyvillian types.
posted by ian1977 at 5:23 PM on April 18, 2011


Redressing the "-Vegas" imbalance: Las Vegas = Lost Wages.

Also, related but not US-centric. Tasmania is a roughly triangular island off the southeast coast of Australia (Duh!). But common indecency holds that young men talking to young women in clubs and pubs across Australia exhort them to "show us your map of Tazzy," obviously with the hoped-for result being that they get to see the girls' pubes.

So really, Kentucky, it could be worse.
posted by juiceanddoom at 5:30 PM on April 18, 2011


The Fort Worth, TX suburb of Euless is colloquially referred to as "Useless."

The central TX town of Waco has been referred to as "Wacko" (especially after the whole Branch Davidian affair went down).
posted by AMSBoethius at 5:39 PM on April 18, 2011


Some old Renaissance-faire working acquaintances (yeah, I know) would refer to Waxahachie, TX (home of the Scarbourough faire) as "Waxmysnatchie".

Ha, my mother always refers to it as "Wax-a-Hoochie"
posted by katemonster at 5:48 PM on April 18, 2011


Rancid Titty for Rapid City, SD.

That was nearly 40 years ago, and I only ever heard two people use it in the year I lived there.
posted by Bruce H. at 5:58 PM on April 18, 2011


Bellevue, WA: Hell-vue (Bellevue is the suburb to the east of Seattle, across Lake Washington, traditionally assumed to be white, snobbish, and boring. Though not as rich as Mercer Island.)

Bothell, WA: Bot-HELL (The sign at the city limits says "Welcome to Bothell -- For a Day or a Lifetime!" which always sounded like a threat to me.)

White Center, WA: Rat City (Hence the Rat City Rollergirls derby team.)

Tacoma, WA: The Aroma, or the Armpit of the State (Used to be very very stinky when you drove through town. Those days are gone, so the nicknames are probably dying out.) Everett, WA was the Other Armpit (OK, this was probably just one friend's name for it... but it also used to smell really bad, because of a paper mill or something.).

Lake City, Seattle, WA: Lake Shitty (any locale ending in -City is liable to get this treatment).

Shoreline, WA: Boreline

Lots of Seattle's hills get switched to "hell" occasionally, too.
posted by litlnemo at 6:02 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Berkeley is "Berzerkeley" or "The People's Republic of Berzerkeley".

When I was a teenager growing up on the SF peninsula, the saying was "Palo Alto is Shallow Alto, Redwood City is Deadwood City, and Menlo Park is so boring it doesn't even have a nickname."
posted by Lexica at 6:35 PM on April 18, 2011


Hamilton, OH is sometimes referred to by nearby denizens as "Hamiltucky" or "Hamilbama" due to its large population of Appalachian working class folk.
posted by aheckler at 6:35 PM on April 18, 2011


I recently overheard heard the hills above West Hollywood being referred to as the 'Swish Alps'

Of course Lake Havasu = Lake Have A Screw

I've heard Moorpark mocked for being 'kraproom' spelled backwards.
posted by Space Kitty at 7:06 PM on April 18, 2011


In NYC I've heard many people refer to Flushing, Queens as Fu-Shing because of the large asian population.
posted by laptolain at 7:18 PM on April 18, 2011


Indianapolis = India No Place.

It is not a thrilling town.
posted by leotrotsky at 7:27 PM on April 18, 2011


Grand Rapids, Mich: Bland Rapids
Saginaw, Mich: Wanigas (and yes, as stated above, Sagnasty)

I'm hoping someone will chime in with something scathing relating to McLean, Virginia, and Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.
posted by BostonTerrier at 7:35 PM on April 18, 2011


Tuffalo, NY for the hardcore scene there, i.e., "Nice Thrice shirt bro, you sure seem like you're from Tuffalo"

Not a nickname but a phrase I've heard: "Colorado! The Q stands for Quality!"

Tehrangeles for Westwood, CA, a densely Persian neighborhood

My father would call Massachusetts "Massage mes Chausettes" (said quickly, it sounds like "mass meh show sets") which is "massage my socks" in French.
posted by therewolf at 7:35 PM on April 18, 2011


Re Austin/Texas divide, I've also heard similar reference to the border between Atlanta and Georgia...

Detoilet, of course, is the Murder City...
posted by FlyingMonkey at 7:46 PM on April 18, 2011


North Carolina - Cackalack del Norte. Or just plain up straight Cackalacky.
posted by msali at 7:52 PM on April 18, 2011


Anaheim, CA = Ana-slime
San Bernardino = San Berdoo = San Berdoodoo
posted by tinamonster at 8:22 PM on April 18, 2011


I once heard a woman from rural southern Ohio (with a pronounced southern accent) refer to her homeland as "Middletucky." In this one instance, I actually think she wasn't denigrating an area by adding "-tucky" but rather annexing her bit of the Buckeye State to its southern neighbor!

Burlington, VT = Girlington (on account the supposedly large lesbian population)

Edmonton, AB = Stabmonton (though I think a friend of mine might have made this one up)

Also, seconding Citrus that "Moscow on the Hudson" is not a nickname for NYC. It's just the name of a movie that happened to be set in Manhattan. Some conservative wags call the New York Times "Pravda on the Hudson," though.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:26 PM on April 18, 2011


Some from the Chicago area:
Bolingbrook - Boringbrook
Naperville - Naperthrill
Downers Grove - Downers Grave
Lemont - Deadmont
Romeoville - Scummyoville
Chicago - Shitcago

and of course...
Downstate - everywhere in Illinois that is not located in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane, or McHenry Counties.
posted by SisterHavana at 8:27 PM on April 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh and this one is really obscure but little Moraga, CA = Bore-aga.
posted by tinamonster at 8:35 PM on April 18, 2011


Upper Arlington, Ohio (a rich suburb of Columbus) = Uppity Arlington (also of interest: the ASL sign name for both Upper Arlington and Dublin, another rich suburb, both are initialized [initial-letter-handshape-using] versions of the sign for "snob")
Hamilton, Ohio = Hamiltucky (but it's actually near Kentucky)
Columbus, Ohio = Cowtown
This is a river not a city, but the Olentangy river ("g" pronounced like "j") that runs through Columbus is often called the "Old and grungy"
In Ohio we often refer to Michigan as "that place up north", "the state up north", etc. -- not exactly pejorative except that it implies unspeakable evil, à la Voldemort (He Who Must Not Be Named)
posted by jef at 9:06 PM on April 18, 2011


A friend who lived in Livonia (MI) used to refer to it as Anal-ville (spelled backwards, Ainovil).
posted by Ghidorah at 9:15 PM on April 18, 2011


Bellows Falls, VT = Fellow's Balls
posted by Lou Stuells at 9:55 PM on April 18, 2011


Llano, TX = Yawn-o
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:02 PM on April 18, 2011


Menasha, Wisconsin, often gets called "Metrasha."
posted by wandering steve at 10:09 PM on April 18, 2011


My all time favorite is calling the Fargo-Moorhead metro area Margo Forehead.
posted by norm at 10:27 PM on April 18, 2011


Spokane = Spokanistan or Spokaloo.
posted by susanbeeswax at 11:28 PM on April 18, 2011


Mylanta = Atlanta

and here some I've heard about the Orange County area of California:

Garbage Grove = Garden Grove
Placenta = Placentia
Anaslime = Anaheim
and
No Bueno Park = Buena Park
posted by calgirl at 11:59 PM on April 18, 2011


Pine Plains, NY = Pine Box
Sacramento, CA = Sack o' Tomato
posted by expialidocious at 4:29 AM on April 19 [+] [!]

Interesting - I've always heard Sacratomato, but not Sack o' Tomato. This thread is fun. :)
posted by po at 3:08 AM on April 19, 2011


There's a whole class of aspirational/derogratory terms in London which lampoon the middle class type who tries to make the place they live sound posher than it is.

Streatham, south London (/strɛtəm/) = "Saint Reatham" (/snt riːθəm/), similarly Stepney and Stockwell.
Clapham = "Claahm", similarly Balham and Fulham.

There is also the estate agent trope of using "...Borders" or similar words to mean "area near to but less desirable than..." So "North Shoreditch" for Dalston, "Far Kew" (/fɑkjuː/) for Brentford (that one a favourite of a local publican)
posted by doiheartwentyone at 4:03 AM on April 19, 2011


Near Long Beach Island in NJ, Manahawkin is Manahicktown and Barnegat is Barneghetto.
posted by snofoam at 4:50 AM on April 19, 2011


It's not really a pejorative really, but growing up in Buffalo we called it "B-Snack" (in reference the local cuisine).

Boyfriend, from Jacksonville, seconds "Actionville" and adds "J-Hole."
posted by troika at 7:23 AM on April 19, 2011


Santee in San Diego is known as Klantee to some, due to its rural nature and the presence of some white power groups out there back in the day.

You also hear people refer to Ocean Beach as the People's Republic of OB.
posted by Aizkolari at 7:28 AM on April 19, 2011


also: Bodymore, Murderland (Baltimore, Maryland).
posted by troika at 7:32 AM on April 19, 2011


More Connecticut: Wallingford is frequently referred to as "Wallyworld", and East Haven is "Staven".
posted by pretzel at 7:54 AM on April 19, 2011


Mercer Island, an island just east of Seattle that's home to a lot of very rich folks, is sometimes called "Poverty Rock". They negotiated a "Mercer Island residents may use the HOV lanes with only one occupant" clause when the I-90 HOV bridge was built, which to the rest of us seems silly and self-entitled.
posted by bookdragoness at 9:29 AM on April 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Although Greshamphetamine for Gresham shouldn't surprise me, I am more familiar with Hesham (referring to Gresham's extended heavy metal, or "heshing" years)
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 10:53 AM on April 19, 2011


SisterHavana -- conversely, people who live in Chicago city proper don't even bother coming up with nicknames for any of those places.

...Which is probably why people from Wisconsin call them FIBs, or Fucking Illinois Bastards.
posted by AceRock at 12:42 PM on April 19, 2011


Adams Morgan = Madams Organ

Not a DC-er but I have heard this from so many DC folk that it can't be an accidental transposition of letters.
posted by Seamus at 2:21 PM on April 19, 2011


Seamus, it's also the name of a popular DC bar (in Adams Morgan).
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:40 PM on April 19, 2011


Tulsa spelled backwards is a slut.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 3:03 PM on April 19, 2011


I went to school in Evansville, which is in the southernmost tip of Indiana and right across the Ohio River from Henderson, Kentucky. It wasn't until I moved to West Lafayette that I learned that the rest of the state referred to it as "Evanstucky."
posted by Fuego at 6:55 PM on April 19, 2011


As someone who also grew up in Livonia, your assertion is correct.
posted by handbanana at 1:47 PM on April 18 [+] [!]


Good to see some things never change!

A friend who lived in Livonia (MI) used to refer to it as Anal-ville (spelled backwards, Ainovil).
posted by Ghidorah at 12:15 AM on April 19 [+] [!]


Have to admit that's a new one for me.

In Livonia's defense, though, how many other cities have CDs named after them that were released on 4AD?
posted by pardonyou? at 9:41 AM on April 29, 2011


Just found this thread and remembered The Monsters of Templeton had some good ones for upstate NY:
...All of upstate New York was dying, I told Clarissa. I told her what my friends and I called towns up there: Syracuse was Sorry-excuse. Rochester was Rot-and-fester. Albandy was All-banal. Oneonta was Oh-I-don't-wanna.
Also, Billysburg is a moderately derogatory way of referring to Williamsburg (Brooklyn).
posted by en forme de poire at 8:16 PM on August 4, 2011


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