The City

We took my wife’s niece into San Francisco today. This trip made me realize two odd habits of natives from this area. They call San Francisco “The City”; with a definite article. This despite the fact that there are several other cities in the area, including one, San Jose, which is more populous than San Francisco.

The other odd habit is dropping the word “Street” when referring to thoroughfares. Thus Market Street is called simply Market, although the name on the signs along the road refer to it fully.


Published in: on 10 July, 2011 at 20:11  Comments (2)  

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  1. I just hope there’s not a “San Francisco Street” …….that could cause mayhem!

  2. It gets worse. When referring to Divisadero Street, we tend to say ‘Diviz’. It must be terribly confusing for newcomers getting directions.

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