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Has AdMo now become an acceptable abbreviation for Adams Morgan?

by Prince Of Petworth July 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm 91 Comments

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Not even a couple years ago many folks would go ballistic whenever someone wrote AdMo instead of the full Adams Morgan. I don’t know if it’s because of twitter (character restrictions etc.) but I now see folks using AdMo all the time. And it seems most folks’ heads don’t explode. Obviously there are those who will go ballistic but I think they are in the minority now. Though I guess this is only for the written form. Do you ever hear people say AdMo instead of the full Adams Morgan? Has CoHi also become an acceptable written abbreviation for Columbia Heights?

  • AMDCer

    No.

  • Anonymous

    I would use AdMo before CoHi.

    • Anonymous

      +1

    • Anonymous

      +2

  • Anonymous

    I’d say it’s tolerable in written situations, but nails to the chalkboard when spoken. As for CoHi, hell no either way.

  • textdoc

    I can’t stand “AdMo.” Bad enough in writing, possibly even worse in speech.

    No mo’ “AdMo”!

  • boybert

    Both: no.

  • textdoc

    PoP, maybe you can make this a poll?

  • Anonymous

    I vote for da Mo’

    • anon

      I call it ‘the Morg’ when I’m feeling really jaunty.

  • Dno

    I use it the same way I use ur instead of your when typing on my phone. In fact, my phone has learned AdMo so it sometimes autocorrects when I’m letting people know where I am on a weeknight. I’m sure at some point in history some pedantic dick objected to D.C. as an abbreviation for the District of Columbia, or “old” as shorthand for “olde”, but if you’re understood by all, who cares?

    • annonny

      +1

      I had no idea people in this city have such minor issues about which to be concerned and get uppity. Chill out grandpas.

      • Anonymous

        He asked a question, and people are offering their views. That doesn’t translate to it being their life’s passion.

        Oh, and get off my lawn you kids!

      • Anonymous

        you don’t ever talk about stupid shit with your friends?
        it’s just fun conversation. feel free to click on something else.

        • Anonymous

          When I was a child, you could buy ice cream for a nickel!

          Kids these days ….

        • annonny

          Thanks, for confirming my point! :)

  • Monroe

    Both grate, although personally CoHi is MUCH more irritating than AdMo.

    And as I recall, SoMo was universally panned last year https://www.popville.com/2012/10/adams-morgan-main-street-launching-new-neighborhood-nickname-somo/

  • Anonymous

    It’s four syllables!

  • Matt

    People have been calling it AdMo since I moved here 6 years ago. I rarely hear anyone refer to it as anything else. I don’t see a problem with it. It’s convenient, everyone knows what it means, it’s not an insult to anyones pride and/or mother/father/firstborn…

  • Anonymous

    No and no.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know but I’m still trying to get people to refer to Park View as the Peeve.

  • Anonymous

    People whine about everything, so why should this be any different?

  • Anonymous

    AdNo! amirite?

    • Chops

      +1

  • No

    Pleasant Plains = Plezains

    • Anonymous

      or Pee Pee

  • Anonymous

    I still harbor hopes that “The Morgue” will catch on.

    • Anonymous

      +1000

  • Anonymous

    if you are texting someone its a nice abbreviation, its kind of more of a joke then serious

  • Anonymous

    I hear people say AdMo, never heard or seen CoHi. It sounds fine, and it’s quicker to say.

    • annon

      I know, it saves at least two seconds when I use the abbreviation. I mean, the abbrev.

  • Chops

    No to both: execrable.

    I know someone who says (verbally) “Adams Mor”. Can we at least add one letter to get “Adams Morg”? Then it would be amusing!

    People: unless you have a character limit or a ticking time bomb, give us all the respect of using the full name of the place. Same goes for the “DMV” abbreviation for metropolitan Washington: it’s stupid, it’s confusing (Dept of Motor Vehicles, anyone), and it ignores most of Maryland and most of Virginia.

    • Anonymous

      as someone who grew up outside the district and went to school on the eastern shore of MD DMV= Delaware Maryland Virgina. You know like the Delmarva Shorebirds.

  • KenyonDweller

    No and no. I think they are both abominations, especially when spoken, and even when written. But then I am one of those traditional old fogies who texts in fully spelled words and complete sentences. It really doesn’t take much longer and is much more likely to communicate the thought accurately.

    • AMDCer

      +100

    • textdoc

      +1.

    • Anonymous

      Haha, me too! Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s the ex-copyeditor in me…but for the sake of efficiency, I’ve tried to use “yr” instead of “your” and “ur” instead of “you’re” or “you are” in text messages, but…I just can’t. I’m not a fan of either AdMo or CoHi, although CoHi is probably slightly worse. Maybe I’d use the abbreviations in a tweet if I absolutely didn’t have the extra character space, but that’s it.

    • Smilla

      Plus one thousand.

    • Professor NoPants

      +1

  • anon

    I don’t like AdMo, but CoHi is like nails on a chalkboard.

  • ET

    No.

  • Anonymous

    I still like “Beans Morgan” which evolved around the T9 days.

    Plus there is something inherently irritating about Adams Morgans, which is why AdMo seems fitting.

    • Anonymous

      nothing you said makes sense to me.

    • dactyl

      YES! My phone would totally change it to Beans Morgan. Too funny.

  • AMDCer

    No one I know who lives in Adams Morgan shortens the name. The history of the name “Adams Morgan” itself is a tribute to the neighborhood, coming from the John Quincy Adams and Thomas Morgan schools, which were desegregated and combined prior to other District schools. It was the will of the neighborhood to do this. Out of respect, I’ll continue to use the full name. Another peeve – when people spell it Adam’s Morgan – who is this Adam, and why does he have a Morgan?

    • Anonymous

      I hope you respect how the city got it’s name and refer to it only as “The District of Columbia”

      • KenyonDweller

        Let’s just stop with the D.C. comparisons, which are totally off base. It is well established and perfectly acceptable to abbreviate multi-word names by the first letter of each word: D.C., U.S.A., N.Y., etc. This is different than AdMo, which is an ugly mash-up of the two words. If you want to abbreviate it as A.M., go ahead, but stop trying to pretend that AdMo is just like D.C. It’s not.

        • AMDCer

          My reply was to Anonymous – totally agree with your reply to him/her.

        • Anonymous

          I agree with your response in full. It was pointing out the BS reasoning of “respect the roots of the name and history” to make the comparison

          • AMDCer

            Respecting the roots of the name is not BS to me. I’m not saying anyone else should necessarily feel the same way, I was just pointing out that the name has some interesting history behind it. In contrast, I’m guessing that Columbia Heights was a name a developer put on the area to sell homes. That said, I would never call it CoHi – I think the trend to shorthand names is lazy and annoying. And yes, I text in full sentences. Guess I’m just old-fashioned.

          • Anonymous

            Nevermind. It was all a joke anyway, but I was trying to point out that if your reasoning if that there is history behind the name, then you should respect other names and not abbreviate them (DC). I did learn that Columbia Heights got its name due to it’s proximity to the first building for Columbian College, known now as The George Washington University.

        • anon

          Agree! MtP, NoMa, AdMo. In writing, I am OK (see what I did there?) with it. In spoken conversation, I am not in favor of it at all.

      • AMDCer

        Nope.

      • anon

        And he should say The United States of America. Lot of history to respect with that one.

    • dactyl

      I live in Adams Morgan and will shorten it in tweets if it starts to get long. It’s not that I disrespect the root of the name, just trying to save some of my 140 characters. I can’t think of a situation where someone asks me where I live in DC and I emphatically say “AdMo!” That’s just weird.

      • AMDCer

        I totally understand shortening it for a tweet – I’m just not a tweeter, so it’s not something I do.

  • Tom

    Feels like I’ve heard CoHi forever, so yes. AdMo…please. Just don’t.

    • Anonymous

      “forever” as in since you moved to DC two years ago?

  • Anonymous

    not now, not ever… stop with this. It’s so over…

  • Anonymous

    As long as you don’t call National airport by that “other” name.

    • annons

      Yes ++ to this (although AdMo and CoHi are still irritating)

      • PDMtP

        And, in the spirit of bipartisanship, it’s BWI, not Marshall (and that’s not because I don’t think TM was all that and a bag of chips).

    • Smilla

      Plus one million.

  • Anonymous

    No. Unless you are a fratty douchebag, In which case, carry on. Or wait, I meant farty douchebag.

    • Anonymous

      yeah, i guess i always assume it’s only fratty douchebags using either admo or cohi. or “the totten”, for that matter.

      • Jay

        I’m not sure, but it’s possible that everyone calls it The Totten but nobody cares enough about the neighborhood to ever speak about it, and so we wouldn’t know.

        • Anonymous

          hahaha

  • Anonymous

    No. Unless you have the time to debate about it on a blog

  • Anonymous

    Everytime someone says “AdMo” a kitten dies.

  • Anonymous

    i’ve thought long and hard about this for the past 3 minutes and my feeling is this:
    anyone is free to make silly jackassery sounding shorthand names for a neighborhood and i am free to judge you when you do.
    think of it as a litmus test.

  • Anonymous

    Can we bring back the old Irish neighborhood name of Swampoodle for the Columbus Circle area?

    • Jay

      I have it trademarked for the line of Swamp wallaby/labradoodle mixes that I sell on weekends in the Totten.

      • Anonymous

        I thought I saw a post about you and your dog selling!

  • Confused

    I have no stake in this, but why is AdMo so infuriating to so many? Seems like a pretty seamless, natural abbreviation.

    • Anonymous

      it’s like people who call pizza “‘ ‘za”

      • textdoc

        Agreed. “Za” is one of the most ridiculous shortened words ever.

      • Greg

        Similarly, I have started calling lasagna “lazoosh”. It’s not even an abbreviation really. I just enjoying being a douche.

        • Greg

          AH! ^enjoy

    • saf

      Because all of those abbreviations are dumb.

  • MediocreFred

    According to a recent issue of Washingtonian we are now referring to The Kennedy Center as The KenCen.

    • KenyonDweller

      JoFiKe is rolling over in his grave.

    • stcohi

      In Washingtonian’s defense, the Kennedy Center’s twitter handle is @kencen, so they kind of brought it on themselves…

    • AMDCer

      That’s the KenCen in FogBot, right? Or is it just “The Foggy”?

      • MediocreFred

        FoBo

        As in the FoBoGro (really a thing http://www.fobogro.com/) who I think really dropped the ball by not calling themselves FoBoGroSto.

        And I really can’t understand why no one has jumped to open a FoBoFroYo.

      • Anonymous

        +1

    • Anonymous

      Totes!

      • andy

        that’s an abbreviation for Fort Totten now.

  • WestEgg

    Personally, I’m disappointed that BloMi hasn’t caught on.

    • AMDCer

      +1 – and SwamPoo

  • saf

    NO to both.

    YES, my head still explodes.

  • Anonymous

    No and No.

    People will make up whatev

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