This started as a bit of slightly off-topic chat in a Win 7 topic and I thought it was worth bringing here. The trigger was the reference to a member as a 'Tarheel girl' which left me completely uninformed. apparently this is a slang or nickname reference to the states of North and South Carolina, and their citizens. So, here's a couple from Scotland.
Even today commonly called 'Auld Reekie'. This dates back to the Middle Ages. The old town of Edinburgh was very densely built with tenements over-reaching the streets and sewage systems of the time consisted of a gutter down the middle of the street. It was the practice of the citizens to empty chamber pots out of a window into this gutter, hence the smell or 'reek'. For any of you familiar with the term 'loo' for toilet this is also the origin of this word. Normally when emptying a pot out of a window it was the practice of the citizenry to shout 'Gardy loo' to warn passers by what was about to happen, a corruption of the French phrase 'Gardez l'eau' or 'Watch out for the water' !
Montrose, in Angus
The citizenry of this peaceful and innocent small town are known as 'Gable endies' ! Back in the late Middle Ages / early Modern Era Montrose was heavily involved in the trade with the region now known as the Netherlands and their style of house building was widely copied. Instead of the more common practice of rows of houses facing onto the street, houses were built in short rows at right angles to the street with the gable end, or 'V' of the roof line facing the street. This arrangement is stiill very visible in Montrose today.
Let's have some more.