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Old December 4th, 2006, 03:50 PM   #1
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City nicknames and "slogans/sayings"

So what´s your (or some other city´s) nickname? Or is there some sort of "slogan"/"saying"? And I don´t mean names used in everyday language.

A few I came up with: NYC - "The big apple", "The city that never sleeps",

London - (saying) "When I man is tired of London he´s tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford"

Paris - "City of lights", "City of Romance"

St:Peterburg - "Paris of the North"

Shanghai - "Paris of the East", "Pearl of the orient"

Rome - "The eternal city"
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Old December 4th, 2006, 03:51 PM   #2
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Glasgow - No Mean City
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Old December 4th, 2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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Hong Kong has been traditionally called 'pearl of the orient'.
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Old December 4th, 2006, 06:43 PM   #4
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Nairobi, Kenya: "The Green City in the Sun"

Pretoria, South Africa: "Jacaranda City"

London: "The Big Smoke"
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #5
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Stockholm: "Venice of the North".

Shanghai: "***** of the Orient" (HK in the "Pearl of the Orient" I think).

Malmö: "City of Parks". "Haur du sitt Malmö haur du sitt varlden" (saying in the local dialect that translates "Have you seen Malmö, you've seen the world).

Copenhagen: "Byen" ("The City", in Danish).
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:09 PM   #6
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Amsterdam is called Mokum (City in Hebrew language), or Venice of the North
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:10 PM   #7
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Helsinki
- The White Pearl of the Baltic Sea
- The White City of the North
- The Daughter of the Baltic
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:17 PM   #8
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Rio de Janeiro - The Wonderful City
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:28 PM   #9
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Rio de Janeiro - The Wonderful City
City of god?
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Old December 4th, 2006, 07:40 PM   #10
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Portland, Oregon has several:

"Rose City"
"Stumptown"
"River City"
"Bridgetown"
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Old December 4th, 2006, 08:22 PM   #11
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Los Angeles
- the city of angels
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Old December 4th, 2006, 08:36 PM   #12
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San Salvador is called "San Sivar" or just "Sivar"
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Old December 4th, 2006, 08:38 PM   #13
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Well "the city of Lights" is a very conventional knickname for Paris. There are more popular ones used by locals such as "Paname" or "Babylone".
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Edinburgh - The Athens of the North
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Old December 4th, 2006, 10:50 PM   #15
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Edinburgh - The Athens of the North
just curious, Why?
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Old December 4th, 2006, 11:03 PM   #16
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City of god?
That's a slum Maybe you mean because of the last pope's comment: "If God is Brazilian (a common saying: Deus e Brasileiro), then the pope is Carioca (person from Rio)"

Zurich:
Old slogan: Little Big City
Nowadays: Downtown Switzerland

But that's slogans by the tourism board. The original nicknames are "Limmatstadt" (because of the main river) or "Zwinglistadt" (after the famous reformer)
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Old December 4th, 2006, 11:03 PM   #17
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Birmingham, England has the nickname 'Brum' because of the several car companies based in the area, such as Jaguar, Rover, Land Rover, Peugeot, Mini...)

The city is also known as 'The City of 1001 trades' because of the part it played in the Industrial Revolution and 'Venice of the North' because of the several hundreds of miles of canals that criss cross the city.
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strangely, a lot of cities are named the venice of the north.
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Old December 5th, 2006, 03:36 AM   #19
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Toronto has quite a few but I'll list the most well known.

-The Centre of the Universe
-Hogtown (In regards to our livestock in the 19th century)
-City of Churches
-Hollywood North
-Muddy York (Toronto was formerly known as York and the weather on the streets)
-The 416 (Our area code)
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Old December 5th, 2006, 03:39 AM   #20
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strangely, a lot of cities are named the venice of the north.
Pearl of the Orient and The Big Smoke seem to be used by many cities as well.
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