Monday, August 06, 2007

Newspaper Nickname Quiz

The New York Times has long been known as the Gray Lady because of, as Wikipedia puts it, "its staid appearance and style." Something about American newspapers lends itself to nicknaming, but many local papers are not graced with as elegant a moniker as the Times. Readers, out of sense of local camaraderie, and staff, out of self-deprecation, often carve their paper's good name into a disparaging statement about its content. With colorful plays on official names, cities across the U.S. pithily criticize their papers' perceived boringness, fluff, political slant, or tabloidism. Can you figure out which nickname fits which newspaper?

Match the city or state to its disparaging nickname. Feel free to guess in the comments, but no posting URLs.

1. Arizona
2. Arkansas
3. Atlanta
4. Austin
5. Charlotte
6. Dallas
7. Fort Worth
8. Honolulu
9. Omaha
10. Orlando
11. Philadelphia
12. San Francisco
13. Seattle
14. St. Louis
15. Virginian
16. Washington

A. American-Realestatesman
B. Comical
C. Compost
D. Demagogue
E. Dirty News
F. Disturber
G. Morning Snooze
H. Pile-it-on
I. Post-Disgrace
J. Repugnant
K. Slantinel
L. Startlegram
M. Starts-Bulls***tin'
N. Timid
O. Urinal-Constipation
P. Weird-Harold

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Image credits: Reading the newspaper, courtesy Dummy Fat Doctor, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portland, Oregon (The Oregonian): Boregonian, Oregroanian, Daily Dead Fish Wrapper

Eugene, Oregon (Register-Guard): Registered Sex Offender

Salem, Oregon (Statesman-Journal): Snakeman's Urinal

San Francisco, California (Chronicle): Chronic Liar

San Francisco, California (Examiner): Rectal Examiner

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