What do you call this town?

  • never thought about it
    9%

     
  • either/or
    18%

     
  • THE Highlands
    14%

     
  • Highlands
    60%

     

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2 Comments

  • Bay Ave Babs - 6 years ago

    I still can't get over the way people say High-LANDS like it's 2 separate words - with emphasis on the LANDS.
    I always say it like one word - with emphasis on the first syllable. Highlands.
    Guess it makes life interesting.

  • Laury Egan - 6 years ago

    Anyone who has lived here for a long time knows our town is simply "Highlands." Where the confusion came about was when people referred to both Highlands and Atlantic Highlands together, as "The Highlands," which is really a geographic name. When I hear "The Highlands," I get annoyed, too, because it means the speaker is ignorant and, to my mind, a bit disrespectful, i.e, can bother to get the name right. Similarly, I am incensed each time I hear "Jersey" uttered...this is definitely a New York belittling of our state that has become a trend. We don't hear "York" or "Hampshire" or (worse yet) "Mexico!"

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