The First Question of Ask Metafilter (because I say so)
February 9, 2012 1:20 PM Subscribe
Why do churches and banks -- and only
churches and banks -- name themselves "The First X" or "The First X of Y"? Especially when it's obvious they're not actually the first X ever built in Y?
posted by Afroblanco to grab bag (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
First Church of X
First Bank of X
First [DENOMINATION] Church
What's the reason for this naming convention? Why are they claiming to be, say, The First Bank of Atlanta, when it's clear they weren't the first? And why do only banks and churches follow this naming convention? You never see The First Elementary School of Poughkeepsie or the First Mini Mall of Scranton.
Always wondered about this...