People will nickname just about anything. 

Nicknames wear all kinds of hats. They can express familiarity, affection, camaraderie, or even dislike for people, places, things, even job professions.

Sometimes they're playful and endearing. They can foster a sense of belonging in communities and social groups. When they're created from a kind or funny place, they can describe someone's more memorable characteristics, events, and experiences in a friendly, positive way.

Not all nicknames age well. 

As time changes, so does the context and sensitivity associated with certain nicknames. Nicknames once thought of as harmless or funny forty years ago might be considered offensive or wildly inappropriate in 2024.

Sometimes the shift is inspired by an increase in social and political awareness. Rightfully so, today's world has no tolerance for social issues like racism, sexism, exclusion, and cultural insensitivity. Seemingly innocuous words we used in the past without batting an eye now can carry a negative connotation or perpetuate vicious stereotypes. Some folks make the case that they don't mean anything by them or blame people for being too sensitive these days.

ICYMI: tradition doesn't excuse ignorance

Reevaluating the meaning and context behind certain nicknames reflects a commitment to inclusivity and empathy for fellow Idahoans. And really, what's the harm in embracing changes that ensure our neighbors feel valued, respecte, and safe?

Whether they're borderline offensive or rooted in ignorance, the majority of the nicknames of the nine Idaho cities in the gallery below didn't age well. Why not do our part to change that going forward?

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The Most Offensive Nicknames of 9 Idaho Cities

Idaho is a state with 265 towns. Boise, Meridian, and Nampa happen to be three of the biggest, each with official and unofficial nicknames.

While official nicknames tend to be descriptive or inspired by the city's terrain or history, the unofficial ones range from comical to cruel. Listed below are the official and unofficial nicknames of nine Idaho cities.

We were surprised by how many we weren't aware of; especially for Blackfoot!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

7 of Idaho's Best Cities for LGBTQ+ Families

Embark on a journey that transcends stereotypes and discover why Idaho stands as an inviting haven for LGBTQ+ families.

From vibrant urban centers to serene landscapes, explore the myriad reasons why Idaho is more than just a place to live; it's a welcoming embrace for those seeking a thriving and accepting environment for their families.

Gallery Credit: Ryan Antoinette Valenzuela

5 of the Richest Cities in Idaho

💎 The MVP's of the Treasure Valley

Would ya' look at that? Three of Idaho's five wealthiest cities belong to Boise's Treasure Valley!

Scroll on for a gallery detailing Idaho's five most affluent cities based on data from the 2017-2021 Census!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

Residents in 15 Idaho Counties are Outliving the Rest of Us

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