That's the quandary some folks ponder, wondering why there's nothing better or cleverer than "the nation's capital" for their metropolitan center.
A new nickname for Washington could be "DMV," for District, Maryland, and Virginia, The Washington Post said Friday.
A Post column noted New York's moniker and mentioned Chicago as the "Windy City" but lamented the somewhat blase term "nation's capital."
DMV has turned up in some publications, has frequently been heard on local radio stations and perhaps is now gaining respectability with mainstream officialdom, the newspaper reported.
Not everyone is hip to the DMV autograph.
"I prefer 'the Washington Metropolitan Area, but I realize that doesn't quite ring well as a lyric, e-mail or text message," Sandy Bellamy, executive director of the Historical Society of Washington, told the Post.