Sunday, October 3, 2010

Industry-Related Nicknames

Today's Word of the Day, Cream City, is one of many outdated nicknames for American cities based on former industrial dominance. The cream-colored bricks used to build many of Milwaukee's buildings in the 19th century and onward were originally fired in the city. While many organizations in Milwaukee still use the old Cream City namesake, Brew City is a much more common nickname for Milwaukee, whose dominance in the beer industry prevails in the minds of Milwaukeeans and other Americans alike.

Other similar nicknames, just off the top of my head, include:

Can you think of any other ones?


Tom @ City Dictionary

Oh, btw, if any of you nerds want to whip out your stylebooks and take me to task over the capitalization of hyphenated words in titles, give me your best shot.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Leave LeBron Alone!

It seems the backlash from LeBron's public announcement to leave Cleveland is far from over. LeBron recently said in an interview that race played a part in the negative publicity he has received since his ESPN special on July 8th. His comments set off commentary from some prominent figures. In particular, Charles Barkley had this to say about LeBron's recent behavior, in light of the new comments about race: "Just when you think it couldn't get any stupider, it gets more stupid."Read more

Unfortunately for the Miami forward, new language has been coined that likens LeBron to a traitor. In fact, King James' first name has become a verb. To LeBron is "to string people along and betray them," with the past tense being "LeBron'd." Ouch.

While I don't have a stance, official or unofficial, on which to stand concerning LeBron's behavior, I must admit that it's painful to see someone get dragged through the mud for a thousandth time in a few months because he has an opinion about the way he's been treated.