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 October 18, 2019
Long Island: Largely Incompetent Rail Road (Long Island Rail Road or LIRR nickname)

The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) provides transportation between Manhattan and Suffolk County on Long Island. “LIRR” has been given several backronyms (back acronyms).

“Me thinks the LI in #LIRR stands for #Lousy and #Incompetent” was posted on Twitter by Rick Draw McGraw on June 20, 2016. “Largely Incompetent Rail Road” was posted on Twitter by lirr PAIN on August 10, 2016.

Other LIRR nicknames include “Long Island Fail Road,” “Long Island Snail Road” and “Wrong Island Rail Road.”


Wikipedia: Long Island Rail Road
The Long Island Rail Road (reporting mark LI), often abbreviated as the LIRR, is a commuter rail system in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of New York, stretching from Manhattan to the eastern tip of Suffolk County on Long Island. With an average weekday ridership of 354,800 passengers in 2016, it is the busiest commuter railroad in North America. It is also one of the world’s few commuter systems that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. It is publicly owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which refers to it as MTA Long Island Rail Road.

The LIRR logo combines the circular MTA logo with the text Long Island Rail Road, and appears on the sides of trains. The LIRR is one of two commuter rail systems owned by the MTA, the other being the Metro-North Railroad in the northern suburbs of the New York area. Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is one of the oldest railroads in the United States still operating under its original name and charter.

Twitter
Rick Draw McGraw
@RpkernKern
Replying to @JGL598
Me thinks the LI in #LIRR stands for #Lousy and #Incompetent
6:44 PM · Jun 20, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
lirr PAIN
@lirrpain
Replying to @AllenBrights and @LIRR
Largely Incompetent Rail Road
8:24 AM · Aug 10, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Joseph Michael
@NYYjoe27
Beyond me why I keep forgetting that #LIRR stands for Largely Incompetent Rail Road
1:03 AM · Jun 3, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Mike Henne, ATC, CES
@MHenne_atc
@LIRR
stands for “largely incompetent rail road” happy 4th y’all #failroad
5:48 PM · Jul 3, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
douglas white
@SSnoway63
Replying to @LIRR
LIRR stands for Long Incompetence Railroad
6:31 PM · Aug 1, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
Nicknames of Other PlacesNew York State • Friday, October 18, 2019 • Permalink