Editor’s notice: This column initially ran in 2011. A Journal workplace dialogue concerning the phrases Turlocker and Turlockian introduced the difficulty up once more and I assumed it could be enjoyable to rerun this column concerning the topic. Please be at liberty to electronic mail me your ideas on the Turlock resident nickname at: khacker@turlockjournal.com.

Newspapers, similar to some other business, has its personal means of doing issues. Most of the “guidelines” we on the Journal observe in our reporting and writing are the requirements laid out by the Related Press in its Stylebook, which is the yardstick that the majority newspapers observe within the business — with a couple of notable exceptions, just like the New York Instances.

However, because the Related Press Stylebook is a basic guideline, there are all the time issues that come up domestically that newspapers should resolve for themselves. Working example: the right nickname for residents of Turlock.

After I got here to work on the Journal in 2005, I used to be informed “Turlocker” was the right technique to consult with a resident of Turlock. I by no means questioned that directive, simply adopted it. Within the ensuing years, I’ve solely as soon as been challenged on the usage of the time period.

The next assertion appeared in a column, printed within the Nov. 2, 2011 problem of the Turlock Journal: “With all of the individuals on this planet — and the rising variety of Turlockers — it’s wonderful to me that one evening of the yr could make all these numbers appear irrelevant.”

My use of the time period “Turlocker” was referred to as into query by a reader who despatched me the next remark: “I might solely counsel that you just consult with us as Turlockians sooner or later, that is the unofficial Fb consensus.”

I instantly checked out the Fb declare and located that there’s, certainly, a Fb group named “Turlockians,” and it had 1,277 members in November 2011. Below the outline for the group was the next assertion: “We hail from mighty mighty Turlock, dwelling of Turkey Tech, Taco Vehicles, and Turlockians!”

This began my seek for the origins of the time period “Turlocker” and the explanations behind the Journal’s coverage on its utilization.

I started my analysis with a name to former Journal editor, and the person who employed me, Brandon Bowers. He stated the time period “Turlocker” was the coverage when he got here to the Journal in 2001, and he urged I name former editor Bob Crawford for clarification.

Crawford was a wealth of data on the topic. He stated that in 1984 — to the most effective of his reminiscence —the editorial workers of the Journal determined to place collectively an official Turlock Journal fashion guide for use by all reporters and editors as the ultimate say on all issues native.

It was this venture that after and for all codified the utilization of the time period “Turlocker” within the Turlock Journal.

“We knew we couldn’t make everyone completely satisfied … simply be constant,” Crawford stated of the good Turlocker choice of ’84.

However this begs the query, the place did the time period “Turlocker” originate? To get a greater understanding of the historical past of the time period, I referred to as Diane Chittock. Chittock’s father, Lowell Jessen, purchased the Turlock Journal in 1941, and was part of the Journal — apart from the ten years when he went to Beverly Hills and Livermore, earlier than returning to Turlock —till 1976. Chittock labored on the Journal whereas in highschool, after which as a workers reporter from 1963 to 1978.

To her recollection, the time period “Turlocker” was all the time used when referring to residents of Turlock.

Scott Atherton of the Turlock Historic Society additionally confirmed the accepted utilization of the time period “Turlocker” all through the city’s historic information.

That settled it: “Turlocker” was the standard time period for residents of Turlock.

However…doing one thing that has all the time been completed only for the sake of custom, might not be the most effective factor to do. Top-of-the-line issues concerning the English language is that it adjustments over the a long time.

I made a decision to do a little analysis on the present utilization of the time period. Former Turlock mayor John Lazar stated he all the time makes use of the time period “Turlocker.” Sharon Silva, former president and CEO of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, nevertheless, stated she has heard each “Turlocker” and “Turlockian” used when referring to residents of Turlock.

I informally requested 5 random individuals I met all through my travels round city and located that residents beneath the age of 40 tended to make use of the time period “Turlockian,” whereas these within the 40 and above age vary persistently — and vehemently — stated “Turlocker” was the one appropriate time period.

One particular person (who can be beneath 40) stated a Turlockian was somebody who was born and raised in Turlock, whereas a Turlocker is somebody who moved right here and actually likes Turlock. She can be a self-described Turlocker.

This Turlocker/Turlockian debate may very properly be a difficulty of generational slang. I observed that the overwhelming majority of members of the Fb “Turlockian” group had been of the youthful technology. The truth is the group’s creator, Michael Darmousseh, is a 2005 graduate of Turlock Christian Excessive.

Darmousseh submitted his personal opinion on the time period “Turlockian” in 2011:

“It is seemingly the time period ‘Turlocker’ is appropriate in line with most guidelines of grammar, nevertheless, Turlock has a wealthy Norwegian heritage; even the title ‘Turlock’ comes from a Norwegian phrase which means ‘dry lake.’ Due to this fact, I really feel through the use of the shape ‘Turlockian,’ we’re acknowledging our city’s distinctive cultural heritage. Cultural references apart, ‘Turlockian’ merely sounds extra nonchalant and genial. So, whereas I is perhaps a Turlocker in line with the dictionary, I’ll all the time be a Turlockian at coronary heart.”


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