- Boston nicknames
The city of
Boston, Massachusetts, USA, has many nicknames due to historical context. They include:
*"The City on a Hill" came from original
Massachusetts Bay Colony's governor John Winthrop's goal to create the biblical "City on a Hill." It also refers to the original three hills of Boston.
*"The Hub" is a shortened form of a phrase recorded by writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Hub of the Solar System." [cite book|title=The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table|first=Oliver Wendell|last=Holmes|year=1858|publisher=Phillips, Sampson and Company; cite book|title=The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table|first=Oliver Wendell|last=Holmes|origyear=1858|year=1891|publisher=Houghton, Mifflin and Company [http://books.google.com/books?vid=0lWR_ExQHU_1U-63vk&id=FvWLTPy1zT4C&pg=PA172&dq=autocrat+of+the+breakfast+table&as_brr=1 p. 172] "A jaunty-looking person... said there was one more wise man's saying that he had heard; it was about our place—but he didn't know who said it.... 'Boston State-House is the Hub of the Solar System. You couldn't pry that out of a Boston man if you had the tire of all creation straightened out for a crow-bar.'"] This has since developed into "The Hub of the Universe". [A Google search on September 28, 2007, gives 867 hits for +boston +"hub of the solar system" but 45,300 hits for +boston +"hub of the universe".] [ [http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/boston_nicknames/ Boston's nicknames: Beantown, Hub, the Walking City - Boston.com ] ]
*"The Athens of America" is a title given by William Tudor, co-founder of the "
North American Review" for Boston's great cultural and intellectual influence.
*"The Puritan City" nickname references the religion of the city's founders.
*"The Cradle of Liberty" derives from Boston's role in instigating the
*"City of Notions" in the nineteenth century. [cite journal | title= [http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0307b&L=ads-l&P=2093 Their Nicknames] | date=September 23, 1889 | journal=Decatur Daily Dispatch | pages=2? Decatur, Illinois. Found at listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0307b&L=ads-l&P=2093.]
*"America's Walking City", because Boston's compact and high density nature has made walking an effective and popular mode of transit in the city. In fact, it has the seventh-highest percentage of pedestrian commuters of any city in the United States, while neighboring Cambridge is the highest.
*"Bean Town" refers to the regional dish of
*"Titletown" refers to Boston's historic dominance in the world of sports, specifically the Boston Celtics, having 17 NBA Championships.Fact|date=June 2008
"The Olde Towne" comes from the fact that Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is often used in reference to the Boston Red Sox ("The Olde Towne Team") [Entries from Bostonist Tagged with "Olde Towne Team"]
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