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    Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    I've noticed that both local and national media often refer to ISU simply as "Ames."
    I can't think of another school off the top of my head that is referred to by the city they are in. Maybe South Bend, but not often and not in the same way.

    So why do I hear or read things like "so and so lost to "Ames" last night" so often? I've heard Murph do it. I've seen it on Twitter.....

    Just a nickname we picked up somewhere? Maybe historical reasons? It just seems strange.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Ive never heard anyone say so and so lost to Ames last night. I have heard so and so lost IN Ames last night.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Nope, never heard that.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Wait what?



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    They always do this.

    Seems like a few popular ones I have noticed are: Blacksburg (VT), Eugene (Oregon), Lincoln (Neb), Morgantown (WVU), Tuscaloosa (Bama), Chapel Hill/Tobacco Road) (UNC), South Bend (ND)

    I kind of like it, not sure why, but I do.

    EDIT: By always do this, I mean they just refer to the town the college is in, I don't think I have actually heard them refer to the school by the town it is in.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Just a shot in the dark, pretty farfetched.....Maybe it's because Iowa State is located within the city limits of Ames?



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    If people do say that, most likely it's meant pejoratively. "lol, did you see Okie State lost to AMES last night? lmfao."



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by bostrem00 View Post
    Just a shot in the dark, pretty farfetched.....Maybe it's because Iowa State is located within the city limits of Ames?

    You just might be on to something there!...



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    It's because we Ames to please.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    There is historical precidence.

    Way back when ISC was often refered to as "Ames".

    I mostly hear very very old people do it.

    I have a book, published in 1923, containing songs/music from and about Iowa State College. Many of the songs sing of "dear old Ames" refering to the school and not the town. The front cover has a drawing/illustration of a choral group of 4 with the letters "A" "M" "E" "S" on their sweaters, one letter per person.

    By the way, it bugs me too.


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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freebird View Post
    I've noticed that both local and national media often refer to ISU simply as "Ames."
    I'm impressed that you have the technology to post on CF while living in 1928.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by farminclone View Post
    They always do this.

    Seems like a few popular ones I have noticed are: Blacksburg (VT), Eugene (Oregon), Lincoln (Neb), Morgantown (WVU), Tuscaloosa (Bama), Chapel Hill/Tobacco Road) (UNC), South Bend (ND)

    I kind of like it, not sure why, but I do.

    EDIT: By always do this, I mean they just refer to the town the college is in, I don't think I have actually heard them refer to the school by the town it is in.
    Ames
    Blacksburg
    Eugene
    Gainseville
    Lincoln
    Manhattan
    Morgantown
    Tallahassee
    Tuscaloosa
    Chapel Hill
    South Bend
    Norman
    Stillwater

    These seem like the most used...



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by MeanDean View Post
    There is historical precidence.

    Way back when ISC was often refered to as "Ames".

    I mostly hear very very old people do it.

    I have a book, published in 1923, containing songs/music from and about Iowa State College. Many of the songs sing of "dear old Ames" refering to the school and not the town. The front cover has a drawing/illustration of a choral group of 4 with the letters "A" "M" "E" "S" on their sweaters, one letter per person.

    By the way, it bugs me too.
    Thank you. That makes sense.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    Quote Originally Posted by JUKEBOX View Post
    Ames
    Blacksburg
    Eugene
    Gainseville
    Lincoln
    Manhattan
    Morgantown
    Tallahassee
    Tuscaloosa
    Chapel Hill
    South Bend
    Norman
    Stillwater

    These seem like the most used...
    That's not bad company to be in.



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    Re: Why do we get referred to as "Ames" all the time?

    A lot of the colleges you mentioned (UNC-Chapel Hill for example) are referred to by the city because there are a lot of schools in that state's college system. UT-Knoxville in Tennessee, UT-Austin in Texas, UL- Monroe, UC- Berkeley, etc. I've never heard anyone call us just "Ames" though.



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