Scribal Terror has been tagged by our good friends at Neatorama, who want us to say four cool things about our hometowns. Neatorama used Los Angeles. Some people have all the luck. But here goes with Cincinnati:
- Cincinnati is a largely German Catholic town, which accounts for some of its oddities. In World War I a number of the main thoroughfares were given new, non-German-sounding names, but no one bothered with the little byways, which is why you have Liberty Parkway, Victory Parkway, and a lot of little Schnitzeldorfer Lanes. It may also account for the fact that Catholic schoolkids say "Please?" (i.e., "Bitte?") instead of "Huh?" or "Pardon me?" when they don't hear something.
- Nothing in my experience accounts for the fact that Cincinnatians at least USED to call delis "pony kegs" and green bell peppers "mangoes." As I child, I could say, "I'm going to the pony keg to buy a mango" and my fellow Cincinnatians would understand that I was going to the deli to buy a green bell pepper.
- The Greater Cincinnati Airport is located in Northern Kentucky.
- An important Cincinnatian comfort food is "chili spaghetti," i.e., spaghetti with chili used as a sauce, smothered in grated parmesan cheese. I still make it frequently and it has always been my kids' favorite.
Now I need to tag four people. I have never done this before. I am a tagging virgin, but here goes: Diana at Cream of the Crock, Jim at Parkway Rest Stop, AGR at Another Gay Republican, and Carin at Is This Blog On?