In another thread, Strainger asked that Orange County not be called ‘The OC’. I agree. It’s just ‘OC’. I’ve heard that San Francisco natives don’t like people calling their city ‘Frisco’. In that vein…
This is a bizarre elitist NorCal thing. Some NorCal dudes think that because SoCal will say “THEE 101” and here in NorCal dudes say “the 101”*, somehow “The 101” is wrong, evil, low-class, low-brow and badwrongfun. If a news announcer sez it the SoCal way on TV, hundreds of angry emails are generated. I don’t get it.
Yes, I know NorCalers *claim *they don’t say “the” but I hear many of them say a very soft “the”. True, it’s no-where near as pronounced as SoCal.
The thing about “Frisco” is that the working stiffs (and I don’t mean financial district types) will call it that to piss off the rich folks. My Dad, a fifth generation native almost never says the whole name. (And yes, I was born there too, making me sixth generation.) I call it SF, San Francisco, the City and rarely Frisco.