DC Area Chooses Appropriate Nickname

Hamilton Nolan · 07/30/10 10:35AM

Lots of cities choose nicknames that are "appealing" or "attractive." Not Washington, DC. No, Washington—a.k.a The District, a.k.a The Urrrea, a.k.a. The Once And Future Murder Capital—has smartly named itself after a ferociously unpopular bureaucracy.

Snowmageddon vs. Snowpocalypse: Which Cute Nickname Will Win?

Maureen O'Connor · 02/08/10 04:28AM

Senators and Federal employees are taking a snow day, with three-foot snowfall blanketing the Atlantic seaboard from New Jersey to Virginia. As America braces for an "encore storm," one major dilemma remains: Which cute nickname won the weather system?

Hey, Economic Pundits, Find a New Nickname

Hamilton Nolan · 11/14/08 11:39AM

Pictured is NYU economist and Facebook stalker Nouriel Roubini, a.k.a. Dr. Doom. There's a highlight clip going around the internet (it's after the jump) of an investment guru named Peter Schiff predicting our current economic crisis on various TV shows over the past couple of years, and being roundly mocked by the hosts and the other guests for doing so. Now they all look dumb (that's you, Ben Stein) and he looks great. So what's the media's nickname for Schiff? "Dr. Doom." Uh, yea, that one sounds familiar. Just how many freaking economists nicknamed "Dr. Doom" are there these days?

Doree Shafrir · 08/16/07 02:47PM

We thought "PEKEEP" might be some mysterious new free jazz expert that the Times was employing to write about the death of Max Roach, but it seems to just be some placeholder thing they forgot to take off. Anyway, we'll be referring to actual regular jazz expert Peter Keepnews as "PEKEEP" from now on. Oh: And now he's dead, by the way. Drum on.