It would be challenging today to find someone who doesn't know where to find the Big Apple. But New York City isn't the only place with a nickname. This quiz tests how well you know the casual monikers for other cities and states across the United States.
We'll give you a hint and a picture to prompt your brainstorming. Just a heads up, though, we're steering clear of license plate slogans. So, no, it won't help you to know that Delaware is The First State or that Illinois is the Land of Lincoln. Now, get out that atlas and get going!
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New York City’s fruit-themed nickname actually relates to horse racing. In the 1920s, a racing reporter overheard African-American stable hands in New Orleans saying they were going to the “big apple” of NYC, where the race tracks were big-time venues. The reporter, John Fitz Gerald, began to use the moniker in his columns. A decade later, jazz musicians used the turn of phrase to refer also to the city’s big-league music clubs.
The nickname faded from use until the city’s tourism bureau revived the sobriquet in the 1970s as part of an effort to revamp New York’s image. The president of the New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, a jazz enthusiast, had heard the name used and decided to run a campaign encouraging people to take a bite out of the Big Apple.
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