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Canadians love to call SF terrible nicknames, survey finds

SF Gate logo SF Gate 1/26/2019 Filipa Ioannou, SFGATE
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It's a well-established fact that there are some regrettable nicknames for the city of San Francisco in circulation in the world beyond the Bay Area.

A new survey this week from PR firm Bospar found that one such unsavory nickname, "San Fran," finds favor in a population well known for their unique interpretations of various languages: Canada.

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Thirty percent of Canadians call San Francisco "San Fran," and an additional 28 percent call it the "Golden Gate City" or "The Golden City," the survey found. Similar percentages of Australians and New Zealanders also favor these nicknames.

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In the UK, mercifully, the preferred terminology to refer to San Francisco is apparently just "San Francisco."

The survey also had some interesting findings when it comes to which landmarks people in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada associate with San Francisco.

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The most popular answers were the "Golden Gate Bridge," "the San Francisco Bay," "the Bay Area" and "Alcatraz," but surprisingly substantial percentages of people abroad also associate San Francisco with "Full House," "Pier 39," "the 49ers," and the Warriors.

You can see the (sometimes mystifying) survey results in their entirety here.

Filipa Ioannou is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at fioannou@sfchronicle.com and follow her on Twitter

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