Big Apple

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Gerald Cohen, Missouri S&T professor of foreign languages. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Did you ever wonder how Chicago got the nickname Windy City? Are you curious why Philadelphia is called the City of Brotherly Love? Did you even know that Providence, R.I. is the Beehive of Industry?

City nicknames like these are fascinating to etymologists like Gerald Cohen. He’s spent two decades researching what is perhaps the most famous city nickname – New York’s Big Apple.

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