My understanding is T.Dot.O is the short term or slang version of Toronto, Ontario.
I always loved it because where I'm from (my hometown) is the name of another big famous city so I always said I'm from X, Ontario.
This has always carried over for me my entire life.
For example when I lived in Dallas ...I told people I lived in Dallas, Texas.
(As IF there is any other Dallas besides that in Texas!)
Huge shout out to all my friends in Texas :)
Gosh I miss them all so much...cue the song Come Back to Texas...sigh.
Anywho there I go tangent-ing again.
SoI'm a big fan of full names or nicknames that reference the full name ;)
So I wanted to double check where specifically the T.Dot.O comes from.
So I did what anyone else would do and consulted the absolute truth via the internet (Wikipedia haha).
So I was correct there (thank you internet).
I also would like to say that due to my messed up accent.
I don't say anything correctly.
My friends say I say "Toronto" like an American.
Glad they glossed over the fact that I still say y'all because I like it.
Locals (aka my Waterloo Girls) say Toronto like TRAW-nə. (sounds to me like Ta-ra-nah said fast).
A pronunciation of toh-RON-toh in casual speech is usually seen as a sign that the speaker is not a native of the city.
It drives me nuts because the local way to me sounds like they are not enuciating.
I think I say it the correct way...even if everyone thinks I'm American based on my accent here.
Further research (via Wikipedia...side note: can students reference Wikipedia academically?...I would think not but anywho) indicates that Toronto has a bajillion nicknames.
In his book Naming Canada: Stories about Canadian Place Names, Alan Rayburn states that "no place in Canada has as many sobriquets as Toronto." Among them are the nicknames:
- TO or T.O. – from Toronto, Ontario, or from Toronto; pronounced "Tee-Oh". Sometimes used as T-dot, T-dot-O, or T-dot O-dot.
- The Megacity – referring to the amalgamation of the former Metropolitan Toronto.
- The City That Works – first mentioned in a Harper's Magazine article written by Washington Post correspondent Anthony Astrachan in 1975. It refers to the city's reputation for successful urban planning (lauded by Jane Jacobs).
- The Big Smoke – used by Allan Fotheringham, a writer for Maclean's magazine, who had first heard the term applied by Australian Aborigines to Australian cities. The Big Smoke was originally a popular nickname for London, England, and is now used to refer to various cities throughout the world.
- Hogtown – Related to the livestock that was processed in Toronto, largely by the city's largest pork processor and packer, the William Davies Company.
- Toronto the Good – from its history as a bastion of 19th century Victorian morality and coined by mayor William Holmes Howland. An 1898 book by C.S. Clark was titled Of Toronto the Good. A Social Study. The Queen City of Canada As It Is. Today sometimes used ironically to imply a less-than-great or less-than-moral status.
- Queen City – a reference now most commonly used by francophone Quebecers ("La Ville-Reine"), or in advertising. The second part of the three-part Toronto: City of Dreams documentary about the city was titled The Queen City (1867-1939).
- Methodist Rome – an analogy identifying the city as a centre for Canadian methodism.
- City of Churches.
- Hollywood North – referring to the film industry.
- Broadway North, in reference to the Broadway theatre area in Manhattan
- The 416 – 416 is the original telephone area code for much of the city (the other area code is 647); the surrounding GTA suburbs, now using area codes 905 and 289, are similarly "the 905".
- Centre of the Universe – it was mentioned in the documentary film Let's All Hate Toronto, as the term is used derisively by residents of the rest of Canada in reference to the city. It is also infrequently used by the media. Outside Toronto, it is sometimes said to be used by residents of the city. The moniker 'Centre of the universe' was originally a popular nickname for New York City, and more specifically Times Square. It has since been used to refer to other municipalities.
And really if I called the blog Teagan in Hogcity or Teagan in the City of Churches???
Doesn't exactly have the same ring to it don't ya think???
Though Teagan in Hollywood North could be a contender haha.
With that I will leave you with a T.Dot.O Hip Hop artist that did a love song to Toronto essentially.
Sort of when the trend of when the trend of songs like Empire State of Mind etc came out.