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Origins of "G-Vegas"

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Folks, I do not live in Greenville, and so forgive me if this issue has already been discussed in another thread--

What is the origins of Greenville's nickname, "G-Vegas"?

I must admit I am quite perplexed by it for a number of reasons:

1) Greenville bears absolutely NO resemblance to Las Vegas (thank God) physically

2) Greenville is certainly not the kind of place where one would say "What happens in Greenville . . . stays in Greenville"

3) Greenville is not about glitz, gambling, showgirls, neon lights, the Rat Pack, legal prostitution, extravagance, tackiness, etc.

4) Is it an attempt at irony because Greenville is such the opposite of Las Vegas?

What gives?

-Thoroughly confused South Carolinian who has visited and admired Greenville for years

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I just think it's something colloquial. I've heard Rock Hill referred to as "Rock-vegas" a few times. I suppose it's just got a certain ring to it.

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Well, "vegas" itself is a Spanish word meaning "valleys" or "fertile valleys." Perhaps G-Vegas has more to do with the green fertile valleys of the piedmont than any comparison/contrast between Greenville and any city with "Vegas" in its name?

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Folks, I do not live in Greenville, and so forgive me if this issue has already been discussed in another thread--

What is the origins of Greenville's nickname, "G-Vegas"?

I must admit I am quite perplexed by it for a number of reasons:

1) Greenville bears absolutely NO resemblance to Las Vegas (thank God) physically

2) Greenville is certainly not the kind of place where one would say "What happens in Greenville . . . stays in Greenville"

3) Greenville is not about glitz, gambling, showgirls, neon lights, the Rat Pack, legal prostitution, extravagance, tackiness, etc.

4) Is it an attempt at irony because Greenville is such the opposite of Las Vegas?

What gives?

-Thoroughly confused South Carolinian who has visited and admired Greenville for years

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Well, since you asked....

http://www.thehistorybluff.com/2008/11/gre...bling-industry/

:whistling:

Seriously, Greenville used to have a rep for being a little more wild under the surface than some realize now. For example, there was a certain building 1 block from Main St. housing a brothel as late as the 60's, or so I heard. Gambling dens too. Plenty of moonshine floating the town too.

Plenty of people looking the other way as long as it stayed quiet.

I never heard that term G-Vegas until the past couple of years though.

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I just think it's something colloquial. I've heard Rock Hill referred to as "Rock-vegas" a few times. I suppose it's just got a certain ring to it.

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I think the "Vegas" nickname must have started for cities that end in -ville. I have definitely heard Nashville called "Nash Vegas," and obviously Greenville as "G-Vegas" or even "Green Vegas." I'm sure there are others. :silly:

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I think the "Vegas" nickname must have started for cities that end in -ville. I have definitely heard Nashville called "Nash Vegas," and obviously Greenville as "G-Vegas" or even "Green Vegas." I'm sure there are others. :silly:

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I've got a G-Vegas t-shirt I bought somewhere downtown. Also have a South Kakalaki. What is the origins of that one?

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Kakalaki or Kakalaka are just riffs on the way some residents say "Carolina"

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I think the "Vegas" nickname must have started for cities that end in -ville. I have definitely heard Nashville called "Nash Vegas," and obviously Greenville as "G-Vegas" or even "Green Vegas." I'm sure there are others. :silly:

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