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June 10, 2015


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The syntax of "Nebraska Nice"--placename adjective--reminds me of "Boston Strong" which I first saw in the days after the Marathon bombing. I wonder if there are other examples, or if anyone knows whether Boston was the first to use this phrase structure.

John: See Ben Zimmer's 2013 column for the Visual Thesaurus, in which he discusses "Army Strong," "Country Strong," and other variations. http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wordroutes/an-army-of-strong-slogans/

There's also the "Ford Tough" slogan, in use since at least 1976.

As for "__ Nice," I'm familiar with "Minnesota nice" but had not heard "Nebraska nice" until I saw the current ad campaign. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_nice

I've visited Nice. It didn't exactly make me long to see Nebraska.

Leave it to those Huskers; sad, really.
Look to your roots with "Iowa Nice" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLZZ6JD0g9Y

well, if what we're looking for is simply Placename / Adjective I suppose we could add Mississippi Burning and New York Minute

I know, I know

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