I'm all for language changing over time. I encourage it, in fact. Even though I'm a word nerd, you won't ever hear me complaining about "kids today" and their abbreviated texting language.
And yet, it bugs me when neighborhoods get new nicknames. I don't know why, but it really does. To me, the north end of Walker's Point will never be the Fifth Ward. And a few years ago, some Riverwesters tried to get "NoLo" – standing for "North Of Locust" – to catch on.
Luckily it didn't.
Somewhat recently, I was going to Clark Graphics, and I noticed new yellow banners stretched on poles near the intersection at Oakland and Locust suggesting the area is now nicknamed "Oak & Loc" (pronounced with a long o, as in the rapping wild thing, Tone-Loc).
Is this really going to catch on?
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.