The District vs. Washington

January 2, 2021 | Tags: dc

I live in the District of Columbia, known locally as “DC”, and worldwide as the location of Washington, the capital of the United States.

Outside DC, people tend to use the terms interchangeably, but here, we like to make a distinction:

So remember, when you’re complaining about the government in Washington, don’t blame DC. DC doesn’t like Washington any more than you do; in fact, most of us like it even less because of the countless ways Washington screws us over.


(Some of you will say “well, actually, DC is the Federal District provided for in the Constitution which contains the city of Washington blah blah blah…” You are technically correct, the worst kind of correct. You win nothing. Please don’t say DC when you mean Washington. Thanks.)

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