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Re: Cities Names That are Portmanteaus
« Reply #50 on: April 25, 2022, 04:05:27 PM »


Years ago, someone tried telling me that Killeen, TX stood for "KILL Each and Every N*****. Of course, it's not true.

And apparently Anna, IL isn't an acronym of "ain't no [racial slur]s around," although the concept of "sundown towns" was very, very real.

And apparently Waco (TX) isn't an acronym of "what a cook out", nor of "we ain't comin' out".

In other news, not everything you hear on a junior high playground is true.

Iowa, I should point out, is definitely an acronym of "idiots out wandering around".

There is an alternative name for a last place baseball team: Club Unsuccessful By Standings
Completely Useless By September
or one time I saw the more appropriate
Completely Useless By Spring
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Re: Cities Names That are Portmanteaus
« Reply #51 on: April 25, 2022, 04:41:27 PM »

Marydel (MD/DE), and Delmar (DE/MD), on different parts of the Maryland/Delaware border.
But not Delmar, NY...


Dang I never knew Del Mar had another meaning. I knew Del Mar meant Of the Sea in Spanish


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del_Mar


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del_Mar,_California


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmar


I didn't think about this one and very obvious as the Delaware/Maryland Border.

Delmar, Maryland/Delaware is right near the coast, so the other meaning is appropriate as wellÖ
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Re: Cities Names That are Portmanteaus
« Reply #52 on: May 08, 2022, 02:38:29 PM »

Somewhat related to this theme is that certain prominent intersections in the L.A. area do get shortened as portmanteus that certain businesses will utilize:

The interchange of the Harbor Fwy (110) and Santa Monica Fwy (10) is sometimes referred to as the "Harmonica"

An art project involving street lights that was originally at the corner of Vermont and Santa Monica is referred to as "Vermonica"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermonica

Vanowen Street in the San Fernando Valley was so named because it connected Van Nuys to Owensmouth.  Owensmouth is the old name for Canoga Park.

Picwood Pharmacy near Pico/Westwood.

Wiltern Theater at Wilshire/Western

Sunfair Apartments near Sunset/Fairfax

Westmont is an unincorporated community in south L.A. centered around Century Blvd between Western and Vermont.

In the city of Inglewood, a small local street about 4 blocks west of Hawthorne Blvd is called Fir Ave.  The same street about two miles south in the city of Hawthorne is called Ramona Ave.  In between, in an unincoporated community called Lennox, the street is called Firmona Ave.
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Re: Cities Names That are Portmanteaus
« Reply #53 on: May 09, 2022, 10:55:29 AM »

Donít know how this missed the thread so far: Budapest, Hungary.  Itís a combination of Buda on one side of the river with Pest on the other.
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Re: Cities Names That are Portmanteaus
« Reply #54 on: May 09, 2022, 12:22:49 PM »

Donít know how this missed the thread so far: Budapest, Hungary.  Itís a combination of Buda on one side of the river with Pest on the other.

I thought of this reading that.
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Re: Cities Names That are Portmanteaus
« Reply #55 on: May 09, 2022, 12:25:47 PM »

SuperRedTan Interchange is a combination of all the freeways that intersect there.  Superstition, Red Mountain and Santan. 
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