Nicknames for cities
Posted by ESC on August 04, 2003
In Reply to: 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!)
: : : 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
Rochester - Rah Cha Cha, Rottenchester
Binghamton - Bingo Town, The Ham
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.