to Burque or not to Burque... what does it really mean?

I am in the process of putting together an online user group for a very cool software developer I am sorta - kinda working with (no, not KeyToSound). Anyways, the format that the company has been using for its user group "badge" or graphic seems a little bit to small to spell out "Albuquerque", so I thought, "Hey, I'll just say Burque..." but I really didn't know if it was proper etiquette or not (kinda like calling San Fransciso "Frisco" which is a big no-no when referring to the city by the bay and if you do, you will immediately have the word "tourist" tattoo'd on your forehead).

So in order to get some more information and to find out if this Gringo could even say "Burque" without getting a virtual beatdown, I did a little googlin' and found this link:

hehehe... this link is a great read. I had scene the "Q" thing around town and thought it was more of an advertising agency's thingy rather than the city mayor... kinda reminds me of the "Q" guy from Star Trek (that weirdo that spoke in riddles that no one could ever figure out, so they just labeled him fucked up).

I am happy to report that I am going to go for it. I'm going to create my user group badge and use "Burque" with a confident demeanor, knowing that true Duke City citizens will give me the nod.

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Comment by Doc Mara on July 14, 2008 at 8:33am
I like Burque. It riles up the right people. It's kinda like the poor stepchild of "the City Different." As soon as you hear it on the news, drop it like it's hot.
Comment by Jesstagirl on July 14, 2008 at 9:02am
Burque all the way :)
Comment by jasonwolf on July 14, 2008 at 9:05am
Hmmm.... yeah, I guess it's either "Burque" or "ABQ", maybe I'll have to go with ABQ seeing as most people in the U.S. don't even realize that Albuquerque is in New Mexico, let alone know that Burque is slang for it. That's too bad... heh, I was giving a UPS guy my shipping address one time and he asked me to spell Albuquerque... I said to just use the abbreviation (because I wasn't happy with the company at the time and wanted to be short with him). He put down ALB.... sad sad sad...
Comment by jasonwolf on July 14, 2008 at 9:40am
fortunately, the zip code didn't match the ALB abbreviation... thank god for computers...

I think I am going to lean towards just a simple "ABQ" title... Terms of endearment like "Burque" and "Duke City" should be reserved for us insiders... and held in a special way.
Comment by Adelita on July 14, 2008 at 9:41am
Burque all the way!!! It is nothing like "Frisco" in San Francisco. I know I used to live there. People here won't correct you if you say Burque. It's old school and cool and something my dad used to say. And since I am a native Burquena, I can't tell you how stupid I think "The Q" sounds.

ABQ gets a distant second vote from me.
Comment by mombat on July 14, 2008 at 9:45am
I had fill out an online survey for my health insurance company. The form would not accept Albuquerque as the city, but it took ABQ.
Comment by jasonwolf on July 14, 2008 at 12:12pm
The user group admin (who I'm setting this group up for) basically asked "why not just say New Mexico?" hmmmm... he may have a point there.
Comment by Pat O. on July 14, 2008 at 12:18pm
"I musta took a wrong toin at Albakoikey!" Bugs Bunny had it right.
Comment by cathyray on July 14, 2008 at 12:42pm
i've been here a long time & i go for ABQ. i grew up here & never heard burque until i started reading it in the alibi. as for those who claim it is old school, i realized most of the folks that are my age are referring to albuquerque high school when using burque.

bless bugs bunny!
Comment by ABQSkippy on July 14, 2008 at 1:06pm
Obviously, I am partial to ABQ. I think that Burque is too trendy. I have spent most of my life in New Mexico and have been in the city for over 25 years. It seems that most who use Burque are new to the city or trying too hard to be cool.


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