If you’re from SF, you’re a ‘San Franciscan.’ But what if you’re from Fremont? Berkeley? Livermore?

And why we don't have a better word for 'Bay Arean' By Graph Massara, SFGATE Updated 9:29 pm, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Now Playing: A person who lives in San Francisco is a San Franciscan — but what about a Berkeley resident? Is it Berkeleyan or Berkeleyite? Technically both are correct. Media: Alix Martichoux / SFGATE Picture a New Yorker. A Parisian. A Londoner. A San Franciscan. Each of the world's great cities has its own noun for its residents, with all the attendant associations and stereotypes. But what are you if you live in Milpitas? In Sunnyvale? In Vallejo? Do cities on the periphery have a word for "us"? The answer can be hard to pin down. Nominalized place names, called demonyms, adhere to few linguistic conventions. Some suffixes are common, like -ish and -ian, but beyond that, anything goes. Using a variety of subjective research methods, like informal Facebook surveys and interviews, SFGATE has attempted to compile a list of Bay Area demonyms. Can you guess which ones are real and which are bunk? Did we get it wrong? Click through the quiz below to find your city's demonym. window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: Continue Reading

Today’s quirky news: Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up

Thai leader tells reporters to quiz cardboard mock-up BANGKOK — Thailand's prime minister evaded journalists' questions on Monday by bringing out a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself and telling the reporters to quiz it instead of him.Prayuth Chan-ocha then turned on his heel and walked off, leaving the mock-up behind, to bemused looks and awkward laughter from the Government House press pack.The prime minister had briefly spoken to the media after attending an event promoting upcoming Children's Day, but deployed his dodging tactic before anyone could ask him about a number of pressing political issues."If you want to ask any questions on politics or conflict," he said, "ask this guy."It isn't the first time Prayuth — a general who seized power in a bloodless coup in 2014 — has dumbfounded the media. In the past he has fondled the ear of a sound technician for several minutes during an impromptu news conference, flung a banana peel at cameramen, and threatened, with gruff humor, to execute any journalist who criticized his government.When it took power, his government, packed with military leaders, enjoyed considerable public support for ending a prolonged period of often-violent street politics. But as the junta's rule has stretched on, criticism of its often-repressive policies and lack of transparency has grown markedly.Prayuth has promised elections in November, though he has made similar promises several times previously and then delayed the balloting. A lofty proposal: 'Marry Me' etched in snow, seen from above NEVIS, Minn. — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing "Marry Me" in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.Gavin Becker enlisted his family's help to pen the life-changing question using a snow blower on the frozen Eight Crow Wing Lake near Nevis.Ed Becker, Gavin's father, tells KARE-TV that it took about 4½ hours to create the Continue Reading

How Angelo Donghia Tried (And Failed) To Make Trump Tower Tasteful

So you’ve been elected president. You’ll soon be living in a landmark mansion that’s been home to some of the greatest leaders in our nation’s history. You’re busy, challenged, stressed — but you’re thrilled to be moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Unless you’re Donald Trump.The president-elect has said he hopes to spend an unspecified number of nights a week in his Trump Tower triplex, his Manhattan home since 1983. And why not? Though the White House has 132 rooms on 18 prime acres, and if it were for sale, might go for $110 million, the Trump Tower triplex, estimated to be worth $100 million, is 10,000 square feet larger, has a front door crusted with gold and diamonds, public rooms literally bathed in 24-karat gold, statues and fountains and mirrored walls and painted ceilings. The cold reality is that, for the president-elect, the White House may well represent…downward mobility.Trump has good reason to want to bunk in his own bed. He’s said his tower boasts “the finest apartments in the top building in the best location in the hottest city in the world.” And on floors 56, 57, and 58, he’s got the best of the best. The triplex is Trump’s Versailles in the sky, first rate in every way — including its original designer. Take this quiz: Who decorated the Oval Office? Whose design signature is on the Lincoln Bedroom? And the East Room, where state dinners are held — if that party space reflects American greatness, why did Donald Trump, months before the election, offer to build a new $50–$100 million ballroom at his own expense?Now consider the Trump Tower triplex. Its esteemed decorator had a staff of 125, owned 10 companies, didn’t take a residential job that cost less than $300,000 — Angelo Donghia was considered America’s first superstar designer. In 1983, when Trump cut the ribbon on his tower and moved in, he was still years away from the Continue Reading

Mesa photo quiz: Can you name that building?

So, you think you know everything about the Mesa? Test your knowledge of the images of the cities with this quiz. The following photos are up-close images of iconic or well-known Mesa sites and attractions.Click "START" to see what the item is, and use the arrows to move forward to the next question.MORE PHOTO: Phoenix | West Valley | Southwest Valley | Scottsdale | GilbertHow well did you score? Scroll through our slideshow below to learn more about the answers:MESA HISTORY: Historic Mesa properties you need to see | History disappearing? What Mesa landmarks are in danger? | Helping build Lehi brick by brick Continue Reading


Eliot Spitzer is promising to finally settle the school funding lawsuit that has been hanging over New York for 13 years now - and deliver billions more to New York City's schools. What's more, the Democratic front-runner in the governor's race claims he can resolve the No. 1 headache facing state government without raising state taxes or shortchanging schools on Long Island or upstate. But Spitzer is ducking and dodging on a crucial question: How much, if anything, will the city have to shell out to clean up Albany's mess? He owes the already overtaxed voters of New York City a clear answer. Spitzer has twice told the Daily News Editorial Board that he expects city residents to absorb part of the financial hit from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. What he did not say is how much. "The . . . reality is that the city will contribute its fair share," he said in July. "You have a city contribution," he said this month. "That is, I think, something most people understand should, must be part of this. I don't want to quantify that right now." These statements should send chills down the spines of city residents. Spitzer estimates the settlement will ultimately cost between $4 billion and $6 billion a year. Even a small fraction of that amount would add substantially to the city's tax burden, which is already among the heaviest in the nation. Before New Yorkers cast their ballots, they have a right to know how much more weight Spitzer would place on their shoulders. When Spitzer says "most people" understand the city must pick up some of the cost, he really means most people in Albany - where pols are predictably eager to shove responsibility onto others. Mayor Bloomberg certainly isn't on board. In a brief to the state's highest court last month, his administration argued compellingly that the state should pay every dime. Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo cited the Court of Appeals' own landmark 2003 ruling, which found that Albany's education Continue Reading