n.— «Still, like naturalists taking notes on monarchs, Pismo Beach residents make observations on the habits of Valley visitors—or “Fresnicks” and “Bakos,” as they call them.» —“Drawn to Pismo, two of a kind: As monarchs migrate to the coast, so do Central Valley visitors” by Diana Marcum (California) Mar. 17, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  1. Monique says:

    A lot of rich Fresnicks (Fresno people–I was born there and just wrote a book about the place) own second homes in Pismo, so giving them a seemingly derisive moniker (sounds like Bolshevik, yes?) is biting the hand that feeds them and their fancy tax base. I take it “Bakos” means “people from Bakersfield.”

    Do you have a citation for “Zonie,” a San Diego term for people from Arizona? People on the west coast just can’t get along.

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