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B Wooster
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:18 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

According to the Wikipedia entry, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Buenos_Aires, "The abbreviations Bs. As. and Baires are sometimes used, the first one mostly in writing and the second one in everyday speech."

I've not seen any confirmation, or denial of this. Would seeing BsAs in email or the word Baires in conversation be generally accepted and understood by locals? The full "Buenos Aires" can be a mouthfull! In New York City, locals may call the main island just the City, for example. Wondering about name short forms for BsAs...
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Roberto
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Post Number: 1527
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 10:27 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Most people never say Baires.

I do not know who wrote the article... It doesn't sound accurate. In speech people would refer to Buenos Aires as 'la capital' provided they live in the city and when speaking of Great Buenos Aires they will say 'la provincia' or the specific department like Avellanda or Quilmes or similar.

If traveling inland some portenios would prefer to say Buenos Aires if being asked where in Argentina they are from, instead of saying 'la capital'... Just to soften the blow. But this may be reading beween lines a little too deep.

Bs. As. is commonly found in writing and mostly everyone will understand Baires too. I have used and have seen being used BsAs or Bs As many times... Although improper gramatically (requires space between words and periods for abbreviation) it is common enough that its usage grants it some "informal" validity. I guess that is how words are born and everyday slang becomes at some point *official* language. Bs As would be common in informal, written communication. You would not see that in a newspaper.

My opinion only... of course.
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Arial
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Post Number: 156
Registered: 10-2006


Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 3:14 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

What I seem to hear most is La Capital Federal. That also seems to be how real estate is listed on www.argenprop.com.

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