This article may get a little redundant for some people, but that’s because I’ve learned there are so many thick and dense people out there who need repetition.
Mi amigo/My friend feels as strongly about this topic as I do, and he’s never lived in the District of Columbia (hereinafter referred to as the District or DC, which is how local residents in the District, Maryland and Virginia refer to the nation’s capital). The only people who would likely have an interest in this article are District residents because it’s going to repeat what they already know and it’s part of the friendly “lecture” that new residents of the District receive when moving there. Some people/trolls would say, “Does it matter what you call it?” Of course it matters unless you want to be seen as an ignorant pleb and then be looked down on because you sound like an unprepared tourist visiting DC, just like the basura who refer to San Francisco as “Frisco.” That’s a no, no too. You don’t call San Francisco “Frisco.” Ugh. And I think DC is the only territory or state where the sheeple for some reasons think they must use periods, including the outdated style books used by The Washington Post. It’s DC with no periods, people. It’s not D.C. That’s outdated yet I see that all the time. Ever since 1963, USPS has been using two letters without periods for all states and the District of Columbia. Did you hear that you fossils at The Washington Post and WTOP, et al? Yet many people continue the outdated use of periods. Periods were used from 1831 to 1963. Time to get up-to-date, people. Crawl out from under your 1920s “journalistic stylebook” rock you’ve been using since you started that job 40 years ago.
When I moved to the District years ago, I already knew from watching the newscasts from District the proper language to use in referring to my new home City — the US nation’s capital — but that didn’t stop friends from giving me the friendly lecture anyway. They told me:
You call our Capital City in this order of priority:
You do NOT call it Washington DC. Just Washington.
The US state by the same name is officially called The State of Washington, not “Washington state.” That’s ass-backwards. So, the Federal District is officially called the District of Columbia and the 42nd state is officially called The State of Washington. There should be no confusion at all if one used that official language.
You can also say:
here in town
in the City
But you don’t call it:
Washington DC because that sounds like an ignorant tourist who doesn’t know any better and didn’t do a damn bit of research before they came here. Why? Because there is no Washington in DC. Doh. Saying Washington DC is like saying Boston, Boston or Chicago, Chicago or Denver, Denver, or San Francisco, San Francisco. In other words it’s redundant.
The official name of the nation’s capital is District of Columbia — not Washington DC — because the District is not a state but a Federal District and the seat of the US government.
Yes, the corporate media and sheeple politicians refer to DC as “Washington DC’ because they think that stupid people won’t know what they mean by District of Columbia. Is that up there in Canada? No, that’s British Columbia, moron! Well what about Colombia? That’s a different spelling and that’s a country in South America, moron! Don’t you stupid people know any geography or believe in maps? Sigh. But I and some other people refuse to cater to stupid people and their stupidity. I choose to educate them, if that’s possible. Doubtful, but I’ll try.
When I lived in the District, I never heard anyone referring to my City by any other terms other than the District, DC or Washington. Again, for the thick people: You don’t say “Washington DC” — the two are not put together — because again, there is no Washington in DC. They are synonymous which means they mean the same thing. Saying “Washington DC” is fucking redundant.
I did some temp work when I lived in DC and I’d go into K Street offices and the employees I was working with would ask me, “You live here in the District?” I’d say, “Yeah, over near Georgetown.” They’d usually respond with, “Georgetown?! Well aren’t you something!” They were implying I had money because Georgetown is a very expensive area of the District, but I’d say: Oh it’s not like that. I have a studio apartment on Pennsylvania Avenue on the GWU (George Washington University) campus. No money here. Why do you think I’m temping?” They’d laugh and say: “Yeah, I was starting to wonder about that.” We’d get along fine after that exchange.
I did hear Ronald Reagan refer to “here in the District” on occasion, so he knew. How could he not as long as he lived there? Then I heard a reporter for the corporate media say one day, “I have to pause for a minute because there’s a plane flying over the District and you won’t be able to hear me.” He didn’t say: There’s a plane flying over Washington DC, because he was educated and knew the official name for the nation’s capital.
Interestingly, I saw a guy at one of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the District with a t-shirt on that said: The District. Obviously he cares about it as much as I and others do and is proud to be a resident of the District.
To those who say: It doesn’t matter what you call it. Would you like to be called something other than your official name? It’s the same thing. The official name for the nation’s capital is: District of Columbia and its government is called Government of the District of Columbia. One of the universities there is called the University of the District of Columbia. So get with it, people! Oh never mind. I’m sure I’ve changed no one’s mind. That’s the way things work these days with closed-minded people. Chau.—el barrio rosa