What do you call a resident of Mountain View? Around Town, posted by Jack Deaton, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:33 am
I appreciate that this forum is importantly focused on some serious issues relative to life in Mountain View and in appreciation I don't mean to be disrespectful, but just for a break from the angst I have a question to (perhaps) lighten up the dialogue:
What should we call ourselves as residents of Mountain View other than that? (be polite now!)
Yes, I'm aware that given the times this might be considered a bit frivolous but maybe we can have a little fun. (Lord knows most of us need it!)
Posted by Laura Macias, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:53 am
Good fun question, Jack. It is nice to have break for light fare town square. I've lived here twenty years and still don't know what the right moniker is. Palo Alto has Palo Altans. Beyond that, nothing noteworthy for other cities' residents. While Mountain Viewers sounds correct, it is a bit long.
Posted by Bruce Karney, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jun 25, 2009 at 4:54 pm
It's something I've thought about too. None of the possibilities really sound natural, do they?
I can't think of many other places that end with a "hard U" sound (like Timbuktu or Mountain View), but other places that end with a vowel other than A seem to add "an" to the name of the place. So, I'll vote for "Mountain Viewan."
(It always amused me that residents of Milpitas are called Milpitians, which sounds sort of like they come from another planet.)
Posted by alice, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm
mountain viewan sound fine to me but there are so other cute ideas in this thread too - mountain viewer - is good - it needs to be short and roll of the tongue - who has time for too many consonants and syllables around here?
Posted by ronald seward, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jun 29, 2009 at 3:21 pm
I was born here in Mountain View, in 61' and at that time it was the new El Camino Hospital. Now it's new again. I say i was born in "Mountain View" So why not just call it what it is???? Mountain View. We should stay above the rest. Ron
Posted by Courtney B., a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jul 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm
FYI, Mountain Viewees would be the people looking at us! Mountain Viewers is the most logical, though hardly inspired. It's what came to my mind when I saw the question. Em Vees sounds like people who come from the Motor Vehicles Department. But like most people here, I say...I'm live in Mountain View. I'm from Mountain View. I don't really need an -ite or -er or -ian to tell people where I'm from. I think the people who will care most about this are people who write articles about people who live in Mountain View, and want to keep the character count low :-) or want something sassy to call us. We're sassy enough without the nickname, thank you!
Posted by Jon Wiener, a resident of another community, on Jul 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm
A good, if not hugely momentous, question. Maybe the Voice could hold some kind of reader poll or contest to resolve the issue, which it's always avoided by using the phrase "Mountain View residents." I used to try to sneak "Mountain Viewians" past my editor for my own amusement, but never succeeded.
I always assumed that the city is called Mountain View because it has a nice view of Black Mountain and the Santa Cruz Mountains, although Cuesta Park Annex is really the only place now where you can see it. I imagine that 100 years ago, the air was clear enough out here for people could probably see the Diablos too. Assuming either of those are true, "Mountain Viewers" seems like the most logical.
Is Nick Perry okay? I'm kind of shocked he hasn't weighed in on this.
Posted by Nick Perry, a resident of another community, on Jul 1, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Hah, thanks for the concern Jon. It's been entertaining enough to read everyone's answers without weighing in.
I think Courtney has got it right! I never thought about what to call a resident of MV until I was forced to stick to a word count for the captions in "Images of America: Mountain View." Most long-time Mountain View residents (yep, that's a mouthful) I asked said "Mountain Viewer" was the best, but everyone agreed that we'd only heard people ID themselves as a "resident of Mountain View", a "Mountain View native", or amongst especially proud Chicano relatives, "I rep Barrio MV."
I do find myself typing "MVer" as short hand for "resident of Mountain View", but don't use it in conversation. So there's my two cents.