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1. 415 : A reference to the city's area code, it refers to the city as a whole.  
2. 905, The : When we see Canadian tourists, they are called 'the 905' due to their area code. The Canadian tourists are known to be...  
3. ABQ : Shorthand for Albuquerque, or its airport (officially called Albuquerque International Sunport).  
4. Alburquerque : The old name for Albuquerque. The first 'r' was removed back in the 19th Century after Anglos had a hard time with the...  
5. Allied Drive : The known "sketchy" neighborhood in Madison... Stay away from here if at all possible... especially after...  
6. America's Best College Sports Town : In 2003 Sports Illustrated started the trend of proclaiming Madison as America's best college sports town. Considering...  
7. Angelic, The : This is a restaurant, formally called the Angelic Brewing Co. The name has not changed, but they don't have their own...
8. Arsenal of Democracy : A term for Detroit coined by former president Franklin Roosevelt during the second World War to describe the transition...  
9. Bad Boys : Former name for the Detroit Pistons.  
10. Bags : Bags, also known as bean bag toss, is a nickname for Cornhole, a game originating in Ohio. The game requires two...  
11. Ban roll-on building : The Second and Seneca Building is often referred to as the Ban roll-on building because its blue dome at the top...  
12. Beer Summit : On July 30th, 2009, Harvard professor Robert Louis Gates and Cambridge police officer James Crowley had a private...  
13. Big Bad Bob : Nickname for Channel 27 meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, reportedly coined by a UW meteorology student interning at the...  
14. Billyburg : Nickname for Williamsburg, the multicultural neighborhood of Brooklyn that also happens to be a huge stronghold for NYC...  
15. Blatz : A cheap, gross beer brewed in Milwaukee as part of the Pabst Brewing Company. Blatz is also the sound a person makes...  
16. Blue Devil Horse : Blue Devil Horse is what some people call the blue horse sculpture outside of the Denver International Airport. The...
17. Bluecifer : Bluecifer is a nickname for the devil-eyed blue mustang sculpture by Denver's airport.
18. Bone Zone : Speedway, a road that runs between two cemeteries connecting Regent Street to Mineral Point Road.  
19. Booeymonger : A sandwich shop known for offering a wide variety of weird sandwiches (as well as the old standards) at excellent...  
20. 'Bou, The : Nickname for the Caribou Bar on East Johnson St.  
21. Bowser's Castle : Nickname given to the Red Gym on the UW-Madison campus for its close resemblance to Bowser's castle in the Super Mario...
22. Brain Buster : A rum-based drink, served at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge, known for its strength and the "I was brain busted at Bryant's"...  
23. Brain Dead Island : Local derogatory nickname for Bainbridge Island.  
24. Brat Fest : Johnsonville sponsors the annual "World's Largest Brat Fest". It is usually held Memorial Day weekend on Willow Island...
25. Breeder : A heterosexual person in gay culture.  
26. Brewmoo : Brew/movie, relating to any number of theaters that serve beer. Popular ones are Kennedy School, Laurelhurst,...  
27. Brookfield swirlie : An act first practiced at Brookfield Central High School in the mid-1990s. Several students from the Milwaukee suburb...  
28. Bummer-fest : Slang commonly used for the annual Summerfest event to describe the occasional uncomfortable nature of the large crowds...  
29. Bunge Grain Tower : The Bunge Grain Tower is a dilapidated structure in Minneapolis' Como neighborhood. Nearby residents became...
30. Can't complain : People from the Milwaukee-area will use this phrase up to 500 times a week, it seems. Example: (Rick walks into...  
31. Capitol Building : The Wisconsin State Capitol is one of the largest and most beautiful capitol buildings in the US.
32. Capitol Hill : Also referred to as just "the hill". It's a trendy neighborhood in Seattle, home to a plethora of bars, pubs,...  
33. Carroll High School : They call themselves a University but we know better. Carroll is an easy degree if you stay away from IT, PT, AT,...  
34. Casual Car Pool : Term for the organized carpooling system in San Francisco where carpoolers meet at a designated spot and share rides....  
35. Cheeseheads : Cheeseheads can refer to either 1) the foam cheesehead hats made by Foamation, 2) Wisconsinites, or 3) Green Bay Packer...
36. Chopped and Screwed : A popular style of hip hop which originated in Houston’s predominantly African-American communities.  
37. Christmas Day tiger attack : On Christmas Day 2007, a 17-year-old boy, Carlos Sousa Jr., was attacked and killed by a tiger that had escaped from...  
38. Christmas Style : A mixture of red and green chile ordered together on a plate.  
39. Circle of Death : The road that circumnavigates the parking lot at Madison's West Towne Mall. Lanes are created and then merge together...
40. CLEGS : CLEGS is the abbreviation for Crazylegs on the front of the 2008 Crazylegs tee shirts. The shirt, when worn in the...
41. Club Sugar : This is a young adult and teen club in Milwaukee for those who want the party atmosphere but aren't old enough for the...  
42. CP3 : CP3 is the nickname for New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul. Although many believe that the '3' comes from his jersey,...  
43. Cross Dress for Less : Local nickname for the off-price retailer "Ross Dress for Less." Ross Stores is headquartered in nearby Pleasanton, CA,...  
44. Dallasite : Term given to those that reside in Dallas.  
45. Denver Donkeys : Loving and loyal reference (in the most self-depreciating way) to the Denver Broncos. See: Denver Broncos, Orange...  
46. DFW : A acronym used by the locals referring to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.  
47. Dinkytown : A shopping and nightlife area near the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus.  
48. Drinking City with a Football Problem : Buffalo Bills are a terrible team lately and all there is to do for young adults is drink.  
49. Drinkytown : A nickname for the Dinkytown area that is earned by the many rowdy college kids that live in the...  
50. Duck Blind : Officially called the "The Great Dane Duck Blind", this is of the ways you can watch the Madison Mallards baseball...
51. Durgan Park : The Durgin Park restaurant, "established before you were born" (the motto), caters to hearty appetites and those...  
52. Eating in Madison A to Z : Madison residents JM and Nichole blog about eating at every restaurant in Madison in alphabetical order:...  
53. Epicoolaid : Epicoolaid is a cutting reference to Epic Systems' tight-knit company culture. Epic employees are often accused by...  
54. Evil Empire : Nickname for Microsoft, as in, "I work for the Evil Empire."  
55. Fish Sticks : Popular fan item supporting the Madison Muskies, nicknamed The Fish, in the 1980s. A promotion in the Capital Times,...  
56. Five Guys : Five Guys is shorthand for Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a DC-area burger joint that expanded its reach to Madison in...
57. Five Pointz : An old warehouse that is now filled with artist studios, Five Pointz is a living collage of graffiti art. Come here...
58. Freakfest : The official name for the downtown celebration of Halloween in Madtown. The event takes place on State Street. The cost...
59. Gayborhood, The : Refers to the Capitol Hill area.  
60. Grainger High : This is a cutting, yet endearing, reference to the Wisconsin Business School's Grainger Hall. The term likens the...
61. Granolaville : Slang for the Williamson Street (popularly dubbed "Willy Street") area, a very hippy-like neighborhood with a great...  
62. Grasshopper : A vegan restaurant on North Beacon Street, in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston.  
63. Great Blizzard of 1993 : A blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow on Birmingham, unusual given the snowfall average of about...  
64. Green Lake Itch : The rash one gets after swimming in Green Lake, a man-made lake located north of downtown on the other side of Lake...  
65. Green Owl Cafe : "Vegetarian Cuisine for People Who Love Food." Green Owl lives up to its name by serving a wide variety of dishes, all...  
66. Grosse Pointe : The generic name used to refer to the five adjacent cities of Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms,...
67. Hella : 'Hella' is an adverb used in the Bay Area that means 'really', often used in front of the adjective good. Ex:...  
68. Herons of La Crosse : "Herons of La Crosse" is a public arts project in La Crosse that aims to promote the arts and tourism. There are 35...
69. Hey : Used at the end of a sentence to add both emphasis and finality. Ex: "I'm goin' down dere, hey." Its repetition may...  
70. High Line, The : The old elevated freight train tracks that run up the west side of Manhattan have now been turned into a public city...
71. Highway "A-hunnert" : Less commonly referred to as Highway 100, running through West Allis and Hales Corners.  
72. Hillsburrito : Nickname for Hillsboro, a suburb due west of Portland. Vastly cheaper to live than the city, Hillsboro suffers most...  
73. Hippie Christmas : This is August 15 and a few days on either side. When all the leases in the central city turn over at the same time,...
74. Homeless Cove : Homeless Cove is a small troubled area behind that fatty ice cream place on State Street with the moo cow, and...  
75. Homely Dames : Derogatory term for Holy Names Academy, an all-girls' school in Seattle. Can also refer to Holy Names...  
76. Hotdish : A baked casserole dish that is commonly eaten in Minnesota homes. Popular varieties include Tator Tot hotdish, Party...  
77. Hyphy : A hip hop movement associated with musicians in the Bay Area.  
78. Ill Mill : The Ill Mill is a nickname for Milwaukee used by the younger crowd. It's more often used in an endearing way than a...  
79. IMOO : A term referring to the Ironman Wisconsin Triathlon held the Sunday after Labor Day in Madison, WI. Most people refer...  
80. JailBlazers : Nickname for the Trail Blazers, the NBA team for Portland, due to a string of arrest and convictions. Representing the...  
81. Jake by the Lake, The : Nickname for Jacobs Field. Jacobs Field was the name for the stadium where the Cleveland Indians play. It is currently...  
82. Jersey Chaser : A person who goes to certain bars in hopes of finding a football or basketball player to go home with. A good spot to...  
83. Johnny Knoxville : The stage name for the co-creator and star of the MTV series Jackass. Knoxville is a Knoxville...  
84. Jucy Lucy : A Jucy Lucy is a cheeseburger which has the cheese inside the beef patty rather than on top. The origin of the Jucy...  
85. Jump Around : "Jump Around" is not only the party smash hit by House of Pain, but is also a student section tradition at the...
86. Just Muffin Around : A local bakery & cafe that serves up breakfast, lunch, and homemade muffins & muffin tops.
87. Kid's Coulee : A large jungle gym project in the middle of Myrick Park.  
88. Knoxvillian : "Knoxvillian" is what a Knoxville native is called.  
89. Kumeyaay : The Kumeyaay, also know as the Diegueños, are the natives of the San Diego area (and of the southwestern US and...  
90. La La Land : A nickname for Los Angeles.  
91. Lake Delton Dam Disaster : The Lake Delton Dam Disaster occurred on Monday, June 9, 2008. After days of thunderstorms spawned tornadoes and...
92. Launching Pad : After giving up a record number of homers in its first series, people starting calling the new Yankee Stadium the...  
93. LaX : This is a common shorthand spelling of La Crosse. While growing up in La Crosse I--as well as several people I...  
94. Leaky Beer : The culmination of all run off and spillage from the beer vendors at a Madison Mallards game. The extra beer runs down...  
95. Leslie : Probably the most famous street character in Austin, Leslie Cochran is a cross-dressing person who prefers to be...  
96. Little Beirut : A nickname for Portland given by none other than George Bush and his staff. Every time he would visit there would be...  
97. Loser Cruiser : A nickname for the 174 bus between Seattle and Federal Way.  
98. Lou, The : Not to be confused with the Loo, The Lou is a slang term for St. Louis.  
99. Mad City : Nickname for Madison, WI.  
100. Madison Mallards : Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the Mallards are a Northwoods League baseball team. They play their home games at Warner...
101. mafioso : Everyone knows Niagara Falls is really run by the mafia!  
102. Manhattan : The most densely populated county in the United States, Manhattan is an island borough of New York City. Manhattan is...
103. Mariachi : A street performer.  
104. Masshole : The native Rhode Islanders' reference to the hordes of tourists from Massachusetts who swarm their beaches each...  
105. Matt's Bar : Matt's Bar is a south Minneapolis establishment that is often credited with inventing the Jucy Lucy, a cheeseburger...
106. Meat Raffle : Minnesota bars, particularly those Northeast Minneapolis are known for their meat raffles. Typically run by a charity,...
107. Meet at the Troll : Refers to a well-known Seattle landmark. Located in the neighborhood of Fremont, the troll lives under the Aurora...  
108. Mile, The : A reference to 7 Mile Road.  
109. Mock Chicken Leg : A favorite food of kids in the Milwaukee Public School System (MPS) and a Milwaukee classic! Pork shaped into a form...  
110. Momofuku Ssam Bar : A great restaurant that serves up great food from a variety of American flavors. Momofuku always tries to serve up as...  
111. more SoCo than thou : Phrase describing those who frequent the shops and restaurants along South Congress Avenue and are way cooler than...  
112. Mountain Is Out, The : Since Seattleites live for gloriously sunny weather, this phrase typically is used to emphasize just HOW nice the...  
113. Murph, The : A popular nickname for Qualcomm Stadium, formerly called Jack Murphy Stadium.  
114. My oh my : Coined by Dave Niehaus, voice of the Seattle Mariners since 1977.  
115. Natt Spil : Natt Spil is a great bar just down the street from the Great Dane in downtown Madison. The lighting is very dark and...  
116. Nattspil : Nattspil is a great little bar down the road from the Great Dane on King Street. It is quite commonly mispronounced and...  
117. Neutral Ground : A very unique term to New Orleans for the median of a street. The Spanish and French, who inhabited the older part of...  
118. Notsoberfest : "Notsoberfest" takes place the last weekend of September, kicking off La Crosse's famous Oktoberfest celebration....  
119. Oaklander : Those that reside and grew up in Oakland, California.  
120. Once : Word sometimes used at the end of a Milwaukeean's sentence, often when requesting something. EXAMPLES: "Come over here...  
121. Orange Crush : See: Denver Broncos or Denver Donkeys, circa 1980s  
122. Our Mom is Cooler than Yours! : A bumper sticker frequently seen on cars owned by residents of French Island. On August 15, 2000, French Island...
123. Paris of the West : Nickname for San Francisco  
124. Parking Checker : Milwaukee term for a city employee who enforces parking regulations. Parking checkers drive around in blue and white...  
125. Pedal Pub : A pedal-powered pub that rolls through the streets of Northeast Minneapolis, carrying rowdy revelers from one bar to...
126. People's Republic of Austin : People's Republic of Austin is a nickname for the liberal capital city of Texas. "People's Repuplic" is a namesake...  
127. People's Republic of Berkeley : Nickname for Berkeley because of its deserved reputation as a hotbed for subversive political...  
128. People's Republic of Madison : Pejorative nick name given to Madison by political conservatives due to its long history of progressive politics. See...  
129. People's Republic of Soviet Monica : Sarcastic reference to Santa Monica's tenant-friendly rent-control laws. The expression is popular among landlords in...  
130. P-I, The : The local nickname for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.  
131. Piccolo Guy : Senior citizen in front of the University Book Store who plays his piccolo year round, frequently sporting a blaze...
132. Pizza-subway price correlation : Theory that the standard price for a slice of cheese pizza moves in lockstep with the price of one subway ride, though...  
133. Plastic Pink Flamingo : The Plastic Pink Flamingo was voted Madison's official city bird today. The alders were inspired by a prank pulled by a...  
134. Polio Water : Polio Water - A puddle of water.  
135. Polish Moon : The Allen Bradley clock tower, located on the Southside, where historic demographic was Poles. It's the largest...  
136. Princess Kay of the Milky Way : The young woman who serves as Minnesota's state dairy princess wears the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way, a name...  
137. Quahog : Local slang for a type of hard-shell clam, later, a fictional suburb of Providence featured on the "Family Guy"...  
138. R2D2 : A common nickname for the Second and Seneca Building because of its resemblance to the blue, dome-headed droid in Star...  
139. Red Shed, The : Selected as the "best dive bar" or the "dirtiest dive bar" by the UW student newspaper "The Badger Herald," the Red...
140. Representin the 808 : Honolulu's (as well as the rest of Hawaii's) area code is 808. People will sometimes say "representin' the 808" to...  
141. Ride the SLUT : SLUT stands for South Lake Union Transit. It was added at part of mass transit in Seattle a couple of years ago but...
142. SAM : An acronym for "Seattle Art Museum", located downtown on 1st between Union and University St. The beautifully...  
143. San Diego State University : I wish I would've gone here....one of the public universities that resides in the city of San Diego.  
144. Satan's Steed : Satan's Steed is one of the nicknames of the blue horse sculpture just outside of the Denver International Airport. The...
145. Saukville Slam : A way of chugging an alcoholic beverage by holding it with your bicep and forearm. Named after the town of origin,...  
146. Scanner Dan : A guy, "Scanner" Dan Mathison, who hangs out in downtown Madison with a police scanner at his hip. Scanner Dan is still...
147. Schenk's Corners : An awkward little intersection in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood where Winnebago Street and Atwood Avenue meet. This is...  
148. Sconnie : An adjective used to describe something that is Wisconsin-like, or a noun that simply means Wisconsinite. Wisconsinites...
149. Sea Town : A nickname for Seattle, Washington.  
150. Segway Guy : The Segway Guy, who claims to be a professor at the UW, rides his segway scooter all over campus, taking any...
151. Selahdor : Selahdor is the underground alternate name for Dallas, TX. It is also the name of a hip hop crew  
152. Shout Outs! (SO) : Shout outs (SO) appear in The Badger Herald every Wednesday and online EVERY DAY! 2nd Chance postings are listed in...  
153. Show and Blow : Although it sounds like something made up by a seventh-grade boy, "Show and Blow" is the official name of the new...  
154. Sieve : In most parts of the world a sieve is a perforated instrument used to strain liquids, but at UW hockey games at the...  
155. skeech : The act of holding on to the back of a metro bus in the winter in order to have the bus pull you across the snow/ice...  
156. Smog Angeles : Smog Angeles is a nickname for the city of Los Angeles, which is often affected by excessive smog.  
157. Smog Angeles : "Smog Angeles" is what many San Diegans call Los Angeles, the rival city to the north.  
158. Snowball : John "Snowball" Riley, an African-American window washer and street character known to, and mostly well loved by...
159. SoDo : A nickname for the neighborhood south of downtown Seattle. This area is primarily industrial, but also encompasses...  
160. Spaldeen : Spaldeen refers to a type of ball that was used to play stickball in New York. Spaldeen is actually a New York...
161. Stop and Go Light : A traffic light - otherwise known in other parts of the US as a stop light...  
162. Suit Guy : Vincent is a guy who strolls around on State Street with colorful suits. He'll often do a spin or some sort of move...  
163. suppah : The word supper (pronounced suppah) is most often used in Boston for the last meal of the day. Most parts of the...  
164. Tacoma Aroma : The sulfuric stench produced by Tacoma's paper manufacturing mill.  
165. Tehrangeles : A nickname for Los Angeles, which has a large Iranian population, especially in West Los Angeles and Beverly...  
166. Tinseltown : A nickname for Hollywood.  
167. Townie : Waukesha drunks that seemingly know every turn, have mullets and generally have poor hygiene.  
168. Traying : Sliding down snow or ice covered hills on "borrowed" cafeteria trays used as makeshift sleds or saucers, mostly by UW...  
169. Tyme Machine : This is Madison speak for ATM. Many newcomers are puzzled when an old-school Wisconsinite asks them for a "Tyme...
170. Va-Beach : Chic abbreviation for Virginia Beach, pronounced, "VABEACH."  
171. Water Street : Water Street is the main north/south street running through downtown Milwaukee. When one refers to "Water Street",...  
172. Waukeshan : The little-known term for someone that lives in Waukesha, WI. You'd more than likely get strange looks going up to...
173. Where did you go to high school? : the most commonly used question in stl; the first thing people ask when they meet you.  
174. White Soda : Milwaukee-speak for clear soda, such as 7-Up or Sprite.  
175. Will the last person leaving Seattle please turn out the lights : Was posted on a billboard in the 70's (I think). Initially referred to all of the layoffs from Boeing in the 60's and...  
176. Willy Street : Willy Street is short for Williamson Street, home to one of the "hippiest" neighborhoods in Madison, located on the...
177. Wings, NOT Buffalo Wings : Around the world people call them Buffalo wings. In Buffalo they're just "wings."  
178. Wisconsin State Urinal : A derogatory nickname for the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper that is published in Madison.  
179. World Famous Bushman : Formally known as David Johnson, the World Famous Bushman is a street performer who lurks behind bushes at Fisherman's...  
180. World's Largest Six Pack : Constructed in 1969, the World's Largest Six Pack belongs to the City Brewery in La Crosse, Wisconsin. According to the...
181. Yahara Bay Distillers : Dane County's first distillery, Yahara Bay is currently producing vodka, gin, white rum and lemoncella. The product...
182. Y'all : A Texas and Southern favorite, "Ya'll" is the easier (and more hick-sounding) way of saying "you all" or "you guys"....  
183. Yeti Sighting : Any sighting of the tall lanky man with long white hair and large white beard that is almost always seen running around...  
184. Yoopers : A term referring to people from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  
185. Zebra's Head : A really great smoke shop in the Denton area. Basically sells you everything you need to smoke weed except the bud...  

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Nickname for Providence used mostly by students of Providence College and fans of the school's D1 athletic teams.

Slang for a member of the Bloods, a gang whose members wear red.

Nickname for the left-leaning Burlington, popularized during the mayoral tenure of now US Senator Bernie Sanders, who is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

Keep Austin Weird was a slogan initiated by the Austin Small Business Alliance to help promote the city and its local businesses. Local street character Leslie Cochran didn't come up with the phrase, but...

The Dirty Bird is a celebratory dance popularized by ex-Atlanta Falcons star Jamal Anderson. Anderson, who was known for his colorful antics on and off the field (much like Muhammad Ali, whom he knew as a child), would execute this goofy dance in the end zone after touchdowns. The "Dirty Birds", when plural, can refer to the Atlanta Falcons football team and its players.