Are we still fighting this war?

Something terrible happened around the early nineties, when the Braves were good and the Olympics were on their way.  It was a good time here in Atlanta, but those evil national MSM decided to ruin it.  Word went out, “We must humiliate these upstarts!”  Henceforth it became mandatory to refer to the city as “Hotlanta” during any live broadcast from Atlanta.

I don’t need to tell you how awful this name is.  Well maybe I do, since the Metblog is a repeat offender.  (In fairness, I think at least half of these are tongue-in-cheek references, which is sometimes acceptable.)  Just check out the first Urban Dictionary entry for the term:

The name that idiots who don’t even live in Georgia call the city of Atlanta.   Nobody that actually lives in Atlanta says this. Ever.

JohnO: So yea, I live in Norcross, right outside of Atlanta.
Idiot: Dam fool! You live in Hotlanta?!
JohnO: Please go die. Right away.

I think that about covers my feelings on this term.  I thought this thing was dead nationally, but no one cared to inform Atlanta native Ryan Seacrest.  (Seriously – he’s from Dunwoody and spent one year at UGA.)  He dropped the H-bomb multiple times last week on American Idol, prompting a local freak out on Twitter and a public shaming from the Bert Show.

It's acceptable because it is a pun, okay?

It's acceptable because it is a pun, okay?

In the interest of full disclosure, La Novia gave me this mug as a gift.  I expected to be very upset when I discovered the little “Hotlanta” bit, but I wasn’t.  I have a soft spot for awful puns, and well, this is a coffee mug.  My love of awful puns trumped my faux outrage over nicknames.  My boat, my rules, okay?

6 Comments so far

  1. james hervey (jeherv) on January 18th, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    the real question in what is worse –

    1. calling atlanta “hotlanta”
    2. every day is an opening day


    3. welcome to atlanta


  2. Tommy (unregistered) on January 20th, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    The worst is when people that do not live in Atlanta say they are from Atlanta, but when asked “what part?”, they give some far away suburban town.

    Norcross, Marietta, Chamblee, Stone Mtn, Snellville, etc are NOT Atlanta. They don’t even have the Atlanta vibe out there.

    ITP FTW!

  3. Stephanie (locaboca) on January 21st, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    I cringe whenever I hear “Hotlanta”, probably the same reaction as when Chicagoans hear “Chi-town”. LOL :)

    And just for the record, Tommy, OTP rules! ;)

  4. Tamra (tlt0912) on January 27th, 2010 @ 5:52 am

    I never found the “Hotlanta” bit annoying as much as funny. Thanks to the magic of Facebook I’ve talked to a lot of people I haven’t seen in years lately. There’s a pretty good chance that my mention of living here will evoke some version of “Oh, how are things down in HOTlata?” No matter how hard I try not to, I always laugh a little when they say it. It just sounds so contrived and silly, like back when people used to say “Tar-zhay.”

    The longer I’m here, the less it bugs me. Maybe it’s because as I get older it seems much less important to go around correcting people on subjective, harmless things.

  5. Arnold (unregistered) on February 8th, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

    Atlanta has a vibe? Really?

  6. Karsh (unregistered) on February 9th, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    Of course Atlanta has a vibe.

    I found it between Vanity Fair and W on local newsstands.

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