Today's Word of the Day, Ride the SLUT, reminds me of the Family Guy episodes when they cut to Quagmire, who would yuck it up at the slightest innuendo. Perhaps riding the SLUT isn't so subtle, but the thought nonetheless crossed my mind. I also happened to recall a few other funny entries that make childish crotch-humorist references. Consider the following:
Show and Blow (Madison, WI): If you're at a Badger football game and have an alcohol-related ejection, you are forced to perform a breathalyzer test upon showing your ticket voucher at the gate.
Go in High, Come out Gay (West Chester, PA): Apparently you can go into town on High Street, and out of town on Gay Street.
Cock'n'Balls (Portland, OR): According to the sole definition, the local bakery doesn't leave anything to the imagination with this peculiar pastry.
Dickhater (Decatur, GA): I don't know if there's a compelling story behind this nickname, or if it's simply a cheap, opportunistic play on phonetics.
Shlongfellow (La Crosse, WI): Blaspheming a great American poet, the kids of rival Lincoln Middle School often make a phallic reference to Longfellow Middle School. On a positive note, "Paul Revere's Ride" was a good one. (That's what she said!)
Can you think of any childish references prevalent in your city? Share them with us :)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Playing nice (and not-so-nice) with city nicknames
When coming across today's Word of the Day, Fort Misery--a nickname for Fort Myers, FL--I started taking mental inventory of all the interesting city nicknames that the City Dictionary community has come up with. Some of them are flattering, some are not, and some are simply weird and funny.
Here's a rundown of the ones that stick out in my mind, labeled as the good, the bad, and the funny:
Wiscompton: Nickname for Wisconsin, popularized on t-shirts sold in Madison
People's Republic of Boulder...and Madison, Cambridge, Soviet Monica et al
OK, maybe some of the bad ones are also funny, but I can see why people from those places might find the nicknames harsh.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
What should be your city's tagline?
At City Dictionary we're all about defining cities. What better way to do so than with a catchy tagline?
For your creative pleasure, we created a wiki tagline for every city on our website. Anyone can login (with a user account or anonymously) and edit the tagline to see the "official" tagline for the city change instantly. The taglines are limited to 140 characters. Let's face it: the wittiest taglines are often quite brief.
Here are a few examples from the many dictionaries on the website:
Some of my personal favorites are ones that are adapted from famous movie taglines, such as the following:
Detroit, MI: "In Detroit no one can hear you scream" (adapted from Alien's, "In space no one can hear you scream")
What's neat is that you can click on "history" to see the entire history of the wiki tagline. For example, here is the tagline history for Madison, Wisconsin. Once you create a tagline, it becomes immortalized. If yours is good enough, it might just stick around on the front page for a while.
So, go to City Dictionary, find your city, and share with us your best tagline. They don't have to be official-sounding, or even entirely based on reality. Taglines, just like resumes, should be aspirational (wink).
Go in high, come out gay?
We're feeling kind of childish here at City Dictionary today, so we made Go in High, Come out Gay the Word of the Day.
According to melottwannabe9, you can enter West Chester on High Street, and then exit via Gay Street.
While we're on the topic of childish city references, here are other dictionary entries that I have found either irreverent or unintentionally suggestive:
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