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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 12:41 PM
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The Three Shakespeares:
Jimmy Shakespeare - 2nd cousin 10 generations removed from The Bard. Rabidly anti-Catholic, he wrote the controversial bestseller "Does The Pope Shit In The Woods?". Currently, a reading-list fave of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Garth Shakespeare - adopted son of a distant relative of the Man from Stratford. Graduated last in his class from City College of New York, he had his application to the Foreign Service Office rejected. Embittered, he wrote a tawdry tome called "Fart Jokes For Diplomats." Potential buyers stayed away in droves, although Barnes And Noble in Washington D.C. reports one copy sold.

Irving Shakespeare - Not related in any way to the Sweet Swan Of Avon, he is a street poet living in Houston, Texas. He has published one slim volume of his poems, which are largely dedicated to topics such as inter-racial affairs and employer-employee relationships.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 12:49 PM
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1. Why do people always say "Houston, Texas"? Is there another Houston?
No one says Chicago Illinois. No one says New York New York unless they're singing. Most infuriatingly, no one says Dallas Texas. But always it's Houston with the clarifier.
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:02 PM
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2. There's a Houston Street New York...
Maybe it's to keep New Yorkers from thinking it's about that street....
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petronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 01:12 PM
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3. Actually, I say Dallas, Texas, fairly regularly...
Perhaps the answer to your question - and this isn't intended to be a flame - is that Houston just isn't on the same tier in the national consciousness with cities like Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco...

Perhaps another answer is that there are so many cities in Texas named after other places that it's become a habit to specify that you're talking about the one in Texas (and this habit has been extended to Texas cities that don't have doppelgangers)...
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 01:59 PM
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7. Why do Americans say - Paris, France and London, England?
Rome, Italy and so forth.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-03-06 08:57 PM
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4. Okay, okay, guys. Sheesh! But did you think it was funny?
That's all I'm asking.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 01:46 PM
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5. Kick because I thought it was funny.
Nobody has expressed any amusement yet.
:hide:
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 01:58 PM
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6. My dear Aristus!
Well, baby........I think it's funny!

But I think that a lot of people think it's meant to be serious since your routine Shakespeare threads are serious...

We've gotten used to seeing you as a *gasp* intellectual!

You have a wonderful imagination! :applause: :applause:
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-04-06 02:01 PM
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8. I was wondering when William would weigh in on his relatives!!!!
:rofl:

Thanks!!
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