Bridge and Tunnel -
This phrase has come up in a couple of recent posts, and I gotta say it's always sort of bothered me. (NYCDave - I know you used quotation marks in the the other thread, so this is not really directed at you).
It always seemed to me to be such a condescending, classist term. I associate it with recent arrivals intent on proving how cool they are for living in Manhattan. When one considers that Manhattan is an island, and that only 20% of the city lives there, most of use bridges and tunnels every day...Ironically, I lived on Staten Island for 10 years. In many ways, that is an epicenter for the demographic associated with the term. But if you take a ferry into "the city" how can you be "bridge & tunnel"?
I know, I know: the phrase generally connotes New Jerseyness - But I feel that if you really have a problem with people from a certain region, you should come out and say it rather than resorting to such a smarmy, coded epithet.