Rochester has acquired a slew of nicknames over the years — some endearing and others rather derogatory and demeaning.


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2005-08-01 12:50:14   What is the origin of "Smugtown"? What is the associated book reference? —TobinFricke

2005-08-01 16:54:21   "Smugtown USA" was written in 1957 by Curt Gerling. He wrote that life in Rochester was as "unburdensome as getting a job at Kodak and learning to pat the proper posteriors." It was a scathing and thought-provoking work both then and now. —JohnMoriello

2005-08-01 19:13:22   RottenChester? Never heard that one before... —FarMcKon

2005-08-22 17:30:36   Rottenchester is quite popular on the Rochester CL. —JayUnnikrishnan

2005-08-22 17:36:06   Huh. Never heard of Rochester CL either. That tells you how much I know, eh? —FarMcKon

2005-08-22 18:14:12   CL = craigslist, my friend. —TobinFricke

2005-12-28 01:17:18   craigswhat? —FarMcKon

2005-12-28 03:05:45   Craigth Lithp ... aren't you paying attention? —JasonOlshefsky

2007-02-28 08:57:41   Do nickname slogans count? As in "Rochester: Made for LEAving"? —BadFish

2007-06-19 11:18:39   How do people in and from Rochester self-identify ? Rochesterites , Rocs , Rochesteronians ...? —HimySyed

2007-06-19 13:22:50   Rochestarians, with the accent on the TAR —EastSideStephen

2008-02-24 22:50:19   Here at UR, students like to use "Crotchester." —WillChesebro

2008-06-13 21:58:37   I've heard it called "the little big city." I think it was somewhere else on this site or maybe somewhere else. I kinda like it.