Posted by Shae on August 04, 2003
In Reply to: Nicknames for cities posted by ESC 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.
: These are from "Slanguage: A Cool, Fresh, Phat, and Shagadelic Guide to all Kinds of Slang" By Mike Ellis (Hyperion, New York, 2000) and are in addition to the ones at
: Birmingham - The Ham, Football Capital of the South.
: Anchorage - Los Anchorage
: Tucson - Prune Valley, Medicare Acres, Geritol Junction
: Malibu - The Boo or Big Boo
: Modest - Mo-Town
: Los Angeles - Smell A, Hell A, Behind the Orange Curtain, Los Scandelous, La La Land, Illa
: Sacramento - Sack of Tomatoes, Sacred Men's Toes, Sack Toe, Sock Town.
: San Francisco - Frisco, San Fantastico, Bagdad by the Bay.
: Denver - Queen City of the Plains, Dusty Old Cowtown.
: Gainesville -- G-ville, Hogtown.
: Jacksonville - Jax, Actionville.
: Miami - My Jummy
: Atlanta - Phatlanta, Hotlanta, Itlanta.
: Chicago - Shytown, Chicagoland.
: Springfield - Springpatch
: Indianapolis - Nap Town
: Louisville - Loo Ah Vull, Derby City
: New Orleans - Gnaw Lynn's
: Baltimore - Ball Mer
: Ann Arbor - A Squared
: MINNEAPOLIS -- Paris of the Prairie, The Cleanest City in America
: KANSAS CITY - Can Town, BBQ City, Home of Jazz, Kay See Em Oh, City of Fountains, Kay See Moe
: Omaha - Big O
: Las Vegas - Lost Wages
: NEW YORK
: Rochester - Rah Cha Cha, Rottenchester
: Binghamton - Bingo Town, The Ham
: NORTH CAROLINA
: Raleigh - Raleighwood
: Charlotte - Queen City
: Cincinnati - Porkopolis, Cincy, Sin City, Cinsinnasty, Sin Sin At A, The Natty.
: COLUMBUS - Cowlumbus, Cols, Klums
: Eugene - The Emerald City
: Portland - The Rose City, Stumptown, P Town, Port Town, P.O., Bridgetown, Rip Town, Puddle Town.
: Philadelphia - Philly, Illadelphia, Chilladelphia.
: Pittsburgh - Pixburg, D'burg, Urn City, City of Champions.
: Memphis - Birthplace of the Blues
: Houston - H-Town, Clutch Town
: Salt Lake City -- SLU, Behind the Zion Curtain
: Spokane - Lilac City.
: Seattle - Seatown, Lattetown
: Milwaukee - Brew City, M'Wacky, Mocky.
Limerick, near where I live in Ireland, is known as Stab City because only a few wealthy criminals can afford guns. Galway is the City of the Tribes. Dublin is, accurately but unimaginatively, Dirty Dublin, but the Dubs have a poetic sense of humour when it comes to naming local landmarks. The river Liffey is the Sniffy Liffey. A large sculpture representing Anna Livia, the female personification of the Liffey, reclining in a fountain with surging water is The Floosie in the Jacuzi (sp?), and a life-sized bronze casting of a well endowed Molly Malone wheeling her wheel barrow is The Tart with the Cart. Some others are The Crank on the Bank (Irish poet seated beside the Grand Canal) and the Time in the Slime (millenium count-down clock in the Liffey).