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"DMV"

Pravda: After initial obscurity, 'The DMV' nickname for Washington area picks up speed.

The idea is that DMV stands for "D for the District, M for Maryland, and V for Virginia," but I'm not so sure about that.

How about "Don't Mention Versailles"? Would that work?

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

1. "The Village" is perfect and elegant. and it's ours. that will really matter, someday.

2. around here, "the DMV" is the department of motor vehicles, which it isn't even called anymore but in the minds of a lot of people it still is. anything with "D" in it will make most people think "department" and M and V could be a lot of things... "veterans" "moving" etc.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

3. the WaPo is pushing it? (you know i refuse to give them links or clicks) whatever they are saying, i know it's likely the opposite is true.

remember the "coffee party?" yeah, that went far. just like the WaPo said it would, over and over in inches and inches of real ink space. not.

Submitted by lambert on

But I'd like to make it harder for others to use by appropriating the acronym expansion.

And I sure wish I could have found the original of Parliament's Chocolate City...

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i know they're out there; try one.

"don't mention vers" is too in-clique to get widespread. there's a better one, i'm sure.

i grok your point about seeding/spoiling the field for this one. esp if the wapo is pushing it.

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Submitted by Bryan on

don't know about the department of motor vehicles, the chauffeur deals with that.

Villagers are fairly alone in referring to Washington, DC as "the District". most of the world simply calls it Washington, while the military tends to call it DC.

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Submitted by dblhelix on

Villagers are fairly alone in referring to Washington, DC as "the District"

it is most definitely "the District" to most who have lived here a while, and when one refers to the MD-DC border, it's usually "the District line," as in "I'm staying on the Maryland side but am moving to the District line, probably Bethesda or Chevy Chase." On blogs, I'l say "DC," but that's only because I assume most readers are non-local.

"in the District, Maryland & Virginia" is frequently heard on tv/radio and predates this DMV acronym. Speaking of which, Marylanders indeed do not know about the Dept of Motor Vehicles because it's called the MVA aka Motor Vehicle Administration.

What you guys refer to as "Versailles" represents the tiniest fraction of Washingtonians, a term also used to refer to the District, and MD/VA residents who consider themselves attached to the District. Unless you're Sally Quinn, you're unlikely to interact w/ Versailles with one exception: many members hold posts at local universities like UMCP or Georgetown. But "Washingtonian" has been around forever as well, which is why there's a Versailles-oriented magazine. I would guess 'DMV' originated as a street antidote to the sfuffy "Washingtonian."

nevertheless,

alone in referring to Washington, DC as "the District". most of the world simply calls it Washington,

actual residents do say "the District," and I've never viewed myself as a Villager despite living inside the Beltway. I'm actually surprised the proposed branding isn't 495-oriented (the Beltway is 495).