Midwesterner learns truth about forbidden “F” word

I made that “abdominal” mistake. Several times, actually, (twice in this blog alone). So if I’m fortunate enough to still be graced with San Francisco readers, I want you to know, I’m sorry. I did not mean to refer to your city with the “F” word. “Frisco” warrants a linguistic misdemeanor. I am no longer blissfully ignorant and swear on my new impulsively bought thrift store

hat (For $2, feather adorned and most likely flaunted at a 1969 Janis Joplin concert, I could not resist) that I will from now on say SF, the Bay Area, The Golden Gate City, Shaky Town, Baghdad by the Bay ( I would never say that), or simply “The City”. Naturally, I must next thank those individuals and resources that have awakened me from my lingual faux pas.

  1. Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, 1872

Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. – Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, 1872

2.            My new Bay Area Hula Hooping friend, Steve Whitson (pictured below):

Steve Whitson

Steve Whitson

 

Oh, if I may be so bold… “frisco” is a term disdained by most residents of the city. San Francisco always works… or “The City” 🙂

And of course, the blogging community: (courtesy of Strange Maps)

   > “Don’t call it Frisco” is little more than a provocative title for a book. The argument over what is and is not acceptable to call San Francisco is a silly one, and usually only engaged in by recent imports trying to assert ownership of their new home.

Comment by E-luv — September 14, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    >The reason you don’t call it frisco or san fran, is because it would be sacraligious, not to mention rude, to shorten Saint Francis’ name. San Francisco. Embellish every syllable. I wouldn’t want people mispronouncing my name when I’m dead, so I like to afford others the same courtesy.

Comment by Johnny G — September 14, 2009 @ 11:18 pm

     >I’ve always abhorred when people called the city “Frisco” — it made me think of that nastiness that is solid vegetable oil!

Comment by Carmen — September 15, 2009 @ 1:36 am

Other Bay Area Hula Hoopers playing together last Sunday in the Golden Gate pandhandle

Other Bay Area Hula Hoopers playing together last Sunday in the Golden Gate pandhandle

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