A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 31, 2011
Round Rocker (inhabitant of Round Rock)

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Wikipedia: Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock is a city in Travis and Williamson counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos metropolitan area. The 2010 census places the population at 99,887.

The city straddles both sides of the Balcones Escarpment, a fault line in which the areas roughly east of IH-35 are flat and characterized by having black, fertile soils of the Blackland Prairie, and the west side of the Escarpment which consists mostly of hilly, karst-like terrain with little topsoil and higher elevations and which is part of the Texas Hill Country. Located about 20 miles (32 km) north of downtown Austin, Round Rock shares a common border with Austin at SH 45.

In August 2008, Money magazine named Round Rock as the seventh-best American small city in which to live. Round Rock was the only Texas city to make the Top 10. In a CNN article dated July 1, 2009, Round Rock was listed as the second-fastest growing city in the country, with a population growth of 8.2% in the preceding year.

Round Rock has a strong public education system. According to the 2008 ratings from the Texas Education Agency, the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) ranks among the best in the state. Of 42 schools within it, twelve were rated exemplary and eleven are recognized. No RRISD school received an academically unacceptable rating.

Round Rock is perhaps best known as the international headquarters of Dell, which employs approximately 16,000 people at its Round Rock facilities. The presence of Dell along with other major employers, a strong economic development program, favorable tax rates, and major retailers such as IKEA and a Premium Outlet Mall, and the mixed use La Frontera center, have changed Round Rock from a sleepy bedroom community into its own self-contained “super suburb.”

Say, Round Rockers and Pflugervillians, what’s in a name?

Author: Jane Greig, AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Date: May 3, 2004 Publication: Austin American-Statesman (TX) Word Count: 503

Q: People from Austin are called Austinites. What are people from Pflugerville and Round Rock called? We came up with some very creative possibilities but nobody here at work knew the answer. One of the guys even lives in Pflugerville and didn’t know.

Some of the possibilities we came up with were the Round Rockers or the Pflugies or Pflugervillians. We didn’t figure these were correct, so please help.

-- Jennifer H.
A: Proper names? The consensus is Round Rockers and Pflugervillians. You might be interested in the variety of answers from folks in both towns when asked “What do you call local people?” “We call them residents.”—Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce staff. “We asked residents and they call themselves Pflugervillians and one, Pfluger-villain.—Pflugerville reference librarians. “Do not know.”—Round Rock Chamber of Commerce staff. “Residents of Round Rock or sometimes Round Rockers.”—Round Rock reference librarians. “Nothing is generally accepted, but unofficially Round Rockers and not Round Rockites or Round Rockians.”—Will Hampton, Round Rock communications director. What about the residents of Georgetown? Georgetowners? Georgetownies?

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Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, December 31, 2011 • Permalink