Baghdad-by-the-bay meaning

Nickname for San Francisco (city in California).
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Origin of baghdad-by-the-bay

  • Coined late 1940's by columnist and mainstay of San Francisco culture Herb Caen, likely reflecting the multiculturalism and exotic character of the city, while also identifying the city with a great historical cultural and intellectual center, as well as possibly implying a moral association with Babylon.

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