The official unofficial guide to Twin Cities place nicknames
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and they used an acronym or made up nickname to describe a Twin Cities suburb or neighborhood? Sure you have. Generally it’s a simple play on words and it almost always takes a veiled or direct shot at the community in question. Let’s see what folks are saying…
Edina-(acronym) Every Day I Need Attention
Brookdale Mall-Brokedale, Crookdale (they do have a great Barnes & Noble there)
Anoka/Blaine/Coon Rapids-I lumped these together because back in the day if someone told you that the party they went to the night before was an “ABC party”, it meant everyone there was lame. Now times have changed, and I’m sure these suburbs are no longer the “Golden Triangle” of mullets, Iron Maiden shirts, and acid washed jeans.
Hugo-(acronym) Help Us Get Out
Brooklyn Park-Brooklyn Dark This is most commonly used by anonymous pinhead posters to the Star Tribune, or Kare11.com websites.
St. Anthony-The Polish Edina
New Hope-No Hope
Rosedale Mall-Ho’sdale I heard a guy say this a few years back, and I don’t know, maybe the pickings were ripe at Ruby Tuesday one night.
St. Louis Park-St. Jewish Park My aunt and uncle have lived across the street from Beth El Synagogue for over forty years, and I have heard this term used as a tongue-in-cheek source of pride before, but the rule of thumb is…if you ain’t Jewish, you don’t say it.
Shoreview-(W)horeview The story behind this, is that for the past couple of years, someone has been knocking off the “S” on the welcome to the city sign. City leaders are pissed, but there is a facebook fan page dedicated to these shenanigans with almost 500 members.
Woodbury-Edina East, Hoodbury
Maplewood-Maplehood Any town with “wood” in the name automatically gets changed to “hood”.
Today, over at the mother ship, we told you a bit about the history of Hernes, the You Look Nice Today writers’ retreat. Countless great works will be written there, and we’re excited to offer residencies to writers of ever-higher caliber.
But we should not forget some of the wonderful works that have already been produced at Hernes. A brief list:
Halm Greenbread: The Do-Overs
Justice Brie: Who Am I Slash What / A Dialectic
Cresstin Keeper: Krishna Steals the Peanut
Robert Langdon: Awoke Slowly
Stoop Hass: Miracles of Near-Flight
The tragedy here is that, while these books will someday be considered the classics of a fallen age, they have proven too unpopular to keep in print (or even, in some cases, to print at all). It’s sad to think that these majestic works are, for all intents and purposes, lost.