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STROKE CITY?????

Posted by Lotg on August 06, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Edinburgh posted by Barney on August 04, 2003

: : : : : : Chicago is the Windy City; NYC is the Big Apple. What other cities have colorful nicknames like these?

: : : : : Sheffield is, or more often was, called the Steel City. That originated in the days when Sheffield made the world's cutlery. The other UK city I know best - Birmingham, is known by local wags as the Celestial City. They are strong on irony down there.

: : : : Liverpool a.k.a. "City of cars on bricks"
: : : : London "the Smoke"
: : : : Manchester "too much smoke" (it does me fkin 'ead in man!)

: : : http://steve-badger.net/nicknames.html

: : Edinburgh is my personal favorite with the nickname: Auld Reekie.

: Derry/Londonderry in NI is known as 'stroke' city.

I wouldn't even begin to bore you with the nicknames for Australian cities and towns, given our entire language is often made up of nicknames and slang - however I am VERY CURIOUS to know what 'Stroke City' means and why it would refer specifically to Derry/Londonderry. Is it really just a simple case of the fact there is a 'stroke' between the two names? In our terms, 'stroke' city implies something a tad more dodgy that I wouldn't want to go into in a public forum.