May 21, 2012 11:23 AM Subscribe
What are good examples of City/Country/Place nicknames that natives never use?
posted by Betelgeuse to society & culture (89 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I just spent some time in Boston and several of my friends (who don't live there) referred to it as "Beantown." I asked my friend, a Boston native, if people from Boston ever actually use the term "Beantown" and he said that, to his knowledge, they didn't. This got me thinking, since I'm from the SF Bay Area and you can certainly tell a tourist from any reference to "San Fran". Same with "The Big Apple" and NYC. How about Chicago; do natives actually refer to "The Windy City"? Was Mindy off base when she referred to Capital City as "The Windy Apple"
How about other examples of this phenomenon - location nicknames that no one in that location actually uses?