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Why is Los Angeles called the city of angels?

Asked by Hibernate (9068points) August 15th, 2011
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Well I wondered about this several times but I never bothered to look why. Care to explain why it’s called that way? If you have a story about it share, be it fictional or not.

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Blackberry's avatar

Maybe people mistake the hazy figures in the smog as angels….lol?

MacBatman31's avatar

Cuz all the gangsta thugs get capped there foo! Pour one out for the dead homiez.

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FutureMemory's avatar

Los Angeles = The Angels in Spanish.

MacBatman31's avatar

@FutureMemory That one works too!

mrrich724's avatar

Because you need an angel to survive in that dump.

6rant6's avatar

Alternatively, you may be interested in a real explanation

JessicaRTBH's avatar

It’s called that because ‘Hell’ just wasn’t as appealing to tourists.. I kid, I kid

mrrich724's avatar

@JessicaRTBH no, you don’t kid! LOL

On a serious note, I picture Hell being cleaner than LA anyway.

Preethiop's avatar

Los Angeles = “The Angels” in Spanish.

Los Angeles is a city. And it’s name translates into “The Angels”. Therefore, it is nicknamed, “The City of Angels”.

Not everyone’s an angel though. There is a lot of crime in LA…

smilingheart1's avatar

Ditto @Preethiop. The Spanish named it. Translates to The City of Angels

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s a diminutive version of the name given by the first European settlers: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of the Porciúncula River).

Aren’t you glad it was shortened?

I see now that @Rarebear was already there. And @6rant6 at the same place afore him.

Rarebear's avatar

Oops. Sorry, my bad. I didn’t read through the whole thread.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

So what does “Las Vegas” mean? The go-go girls?

CWOTUS's avatar

Vegas is español for “stars”. Before electricity – and before “the stars” started to visit – you could certainly see stars from Las Vegas in the night skies.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@CWOTUS Oh, I was thinking “viajar.” Isn’t the Spanish word for stars “estrella?”

CWOTUS's avatar

Ah, well I finally learned something today. (And it took all this time, too.)

“Vega” is Spanish for “fertile plain”. So maybe they saw the place during the rainy season…

Part of my confusion stems from the fact that Vega is a name for the fifth-brightest star that we can see from Earth.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

@CWOTUS After an extensive google search, I see that you are right. Weird, though, if you go to any translation sites, “vegas” or “vega” does not translate to anything. If you type in “meadow” or “prairie” or “plain”, you don’t get vega or vegas.

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