Dunno why, but I’ve been seeing way too many references lately to “Cali” as short for California.
Some of them from Southern Californians, who should know better.
I do not live in Cali.
Cali is a city in Colombia.
I don’t live in NoCal either. If y’all down south want to call it SoCal, that’s your privilege. NoCal is everywhere except California. NorCal is OK, I guess, if you really must. (Although people in Chico and Eureka and Healdsburg would say that I don’t live in Northern California anyway…but let’s not go there.)
I was pleased to see this when I looked up “Cali”–from the Urban Dictionary:
*The first definition has two parts, the first of which is the city in Colombia, the second of which is:
2) An annoying name for California.
*The third definition–after one for the city in Colombia–suffers from urban spelling, but:
A name that non-native Californian’s use when refering to California and trying to seem like a real Californian.
Typical of an East coaster
A word for “California” used by no one who has ever lived in California. Use “Cali” and you will immediately sound like a hick.
Sigh. Unfortunately, there are people in the bottom half of the state who have used that term. Not many, perhaps, and the last part of that definition may still apply.
This being the Urban Dictionary, definitions go on and on (and get worse and worse)…
If you live in California, and find anything longer than two syllables and four letters just too overwhelming to deal with, a couple of suggestions: Move to Utah. I would mention Iowa and Ohio, but those are each three syllables.