A Note from Our Managing Editor Regarding the Use of "Metroplex" and Other Terms of Regional Endearment

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Occasionally our long-time managing editor, Patrick Williams, sends emails to the staff lauding their prose, gently encouraging them, and otherwise helping them along in their journeys as reporters, writers and, well, people. Today was one of those days.

I share this with you because you, as readers and commenters, deserve to join us in bathing in his love and support.

The email, in its entirety:

So I've pretty much given up on metroplex or Metroplex or whatever made-up word you wanna use. You put it in. I take it out. Fine.

But if you all have anything approaching a sense of decency, please never, ever type the fucking words "our fair city" ever again. I see it about once a week, and until we start wearing straw boaters and spats and carrying parasols again, STOP. Please.

Patrick is one of the best editors in the Metroplex, and has been toiling in this fair city for a long time, so it's in your best interest to listen to him.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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leftocenter
leftocenter

Serious question...I get the "fair city" thing...meh

But, if not Metroplex then what?  DFW is two towns.  What's a better word for acutally describing it accurately? 

@ScotsMerkin I do like the MEHtroplex, but I can't use it in an article...

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Just give up and call it "Little Mexico".

lolotehe
lolotehe

The end-all opinion on this "metroplex" word is going to be Alex Burton's forward to John Garrett's "Plants of the Metroplex". Period. End of story.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Ill dig out my old term I debuted on the Sportatorium

It's the MEHtroplex

dougindfw
dougindfw

Nickname talk is fun. Is this a stealth campaign for Buzztroplex?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

can the Park still be Fair? how do you un'fair' Unfair Park?

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Apparently I set him off. I described Dallas as "our fair city" in a piece because I wanted to make the point that the city belongs to all of us and that it had acted with exemplary and notable fairness on the occasion I was describing. But I do understand my marching orders. Next time I want  to make the same point, I will call it, "their unfair countryside." I know which side my bread is buttered on, or should I say, "which side his apple is not peppered on."

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the term metroplex coined back when the area was trying to build a new regional airport that no one wants to fly out of some 40 years ago?

Threeboys
Threeboys

I thought Jerry was selling the naming rights.

pak152
pak152

sure surprised me to learn that you have an editor. does he oppose the use of the phrase "our fair city" because he believes it isn't fair at all or because it is a hackneyed phrase that has become stuck in y'alls autospell dictionaries?

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I think of the entirety of the Metroplex as our fair city.

ruddski
ruddski

Wait. Y'all have an editor? What's his job description?

ruddski
ruddski

Sell naming rights. The Verizonplex.

GeorgeB123
GeorgeB123

Metroplex is dated. Kind of like Dallas City Hall. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

How about 'our bonny borough'?

naivelibtardsquish
naivelibtardsquish

You are not "reporters". Don't flatter yourself. At best you repost shit you find on Gawker, reddit, and the Dallas Morning News. At worst you are libtard propagandists.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I say I say, Our Metrofair Cityplex is by far the metrofairest cityplex of them all.

John1073
John1073

If we had a lake downtown....

monstruss
monstruss

There's nothing wrong with Metroplex, and besides it's two syllables shorter than DFW.

RobertStinson
RobertStinson

"Metropolitan Complex" on first reference. "Metroplex" on second reference.

Susan Nicholson
Susan Nicholson

While you're at it, stop writing "went missing." aaarrrrgggg.

Elaine Liner
Elaine Liner

Take everything Patrick says as gospel. He's right on this and all other issues regarding the typing of journalism.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@Threeboys If Jerry could figure out how to sell it, Dallas would now be called Texas Instruments City and the deathstar would be in AT&Tville. Perhaps Ft. Worthless could be Nolan Ryan's Beef Town.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Anna_Merlan I was going to "Anna!!!" you again, then I realized, it's becoming a Norm on Cheers kind of thing.  I really don't want to envision you as Norm.

PatrickWilliams
PatrickWilliams moderator

@Anna_Merlan So you say, but have I seen a box of real bagels arrive at my desk? Noooo....

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

@John1073 If I had a boat

I'd go out on that lake

And if I had a pony

I'd ride him on my boat

We could all together

Go out on the lake

Me upon my pony on my boat

Biglar
Biglar

@monstruss You obviously aren't from around here. "dee-eff-dub-ya"

ruddski
ruddski

You mean Metro'plex.

Anna_Merlan_Voice
Anna_Merlan_Voice topcommenter

@RTGolden1 How would you feel if I told you I had to Google what Norm looked like, because I've never seen Cheers? If it would bum you out, forget I said anything. 

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

She said she missed you, ie the bagels didn't hit their mark....

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@PatrickWilliams What a delicate yet admirably straightforward hint. This is why Patrick's such a good managing editor, folks. 

I just found like three of my old articles in which I used the m-word. I'm deeply sorry. You like everything bagels? 

ruddski
ruddski

Well, "Tit City" sure as he'll won't get any votes 'round these here parts.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Freak show?? The whole Midway, or 1500 Marilla every Wednesday.

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