|Slang City Mail|
|April 22 , 2004|
Slang of the Week: Space
City (noun phrase)
While Space City might seem the obvious nickname for Houston, home of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Texas has competition for the title. Seattle is also sometimes called Space City, presumably because of their famous landmark, the Space Needle.
Both Da Brat and Earth Wind and Fire have written songs about Chi-town (Chicago). Atlanta, Georgia is known as Hotlanta to hometown rappers Outkast, though the name was popularized long ago when The Allman Brothers Band recorded Hot’lanta back in 1971.
Most interesting, however, are the nicknames of smaller places. Iraq, for example is the slang term for LeFrak City, a huge housing complex in Queens, New York. Ill Town is East Orange, New Jersey, hometown of hip hop artists Queen Latifah and Naughty By Nature.
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