Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Do people have a mental block when it comes to saying “Silver Spring”?

It never ceases to amaze me how many people cannot speak Silver Spring’s name properly. At least I can somewhat understand when out-of-towners get the name wrong. (A Google search returns 54,600 results for “Silver Springs, Maryland”) However, I regularly hear people who live and work in Silver Spring refer to it as “Silver Springs”.

For example, I was in a meeting yesterday, and this one guy kept saying “Silver Springs, Maryland”. Mind you, my office is IN Silver Spring. He comes to work here every day, yet doesn’t even know the city’s (or whatever it is) proper name. Then today I am in the Four Corners post office and someone is talking on their mobile phone and providing the person on the other with his home address. He, too, called it “Silver Springs”- and he lives there.


groovything said...

Silver Springs is a place in Florida -- like it's an actual water-gushing kind of springs. Some of my Floridian peeps constantly send me mail to Silver Springs, MD. That's excusable at least.

Sligo said...

I can definitely forgive Floridians for the mistake.

Anonymous said...

I believe there is also a "Silver Spring" in Pennsylvania. Maybe we should follow the lead of "North Potomac" and just call it "East Chevy Chase"? By the way, Silver Springs, Florida is where they filmed underwater scenes for some of the old Tarzan movies.

Sligo said...

You're right, there is a Silver Spring, PA (area code 17575). It must be really small - I couldn't find a whole lot about it. I do like the East Chevy Chase idea - it would make property values jump.

WashingtonGardener said...

This drives me crazy too! Especially when postal officials and metro train drivers do it or anyone in the media!!!

BTW I have a friend in Silver Spring, PA - she says it is very rural, but a nice place. Same story as us - town named after a single stream running through it - no word on any "mica" though.

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