Baghdad by the Bay

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Coined late 1940's by columnist and mainstay of San Francisco culture Herb Caen, likely reflecting the multiculturalism and exotic character of the city, while also identifying the city with a great historical cultural and intellectual center, as well as possibly implying a moral association with Babylon.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Baghdad-by-the-Bay

Proper noun[edit]

Baghdad by the Bay

  1. Nickname for San Francisco (city in California).


  • San Fran, Frisco, The City (Northern CA only), The City by the Bay, The City That Knows How (dated)

See also[edit]

  • beatnik (also coined by Herb Caen)