“OBcean” is the word.

by on December 15, 2011 · 10 comments

in Ocean Beach, Politics

It’s official!  We had a run-off vote including the top three names for an Ocean Beach resident. And “OBcean” is the winner!

“OBcean” comes from the ditty that says: Put the “OB” into “ocean” – it won 56% of the votes, with “OBecian” getting 31% of the votes with 22, and with “OBcian” trailing with 13%.  71 readers participated in this poll which ran a week.

Our poll was the second week in which we asked readers to decide the “final” version of how to spell it.

Here’s what the poll and the voting looked like:

  • Final, Run-Off Vote for Term for Ocean Beach Resident. The following were the top three vote getters in our last poll.

    OBcean – 40 votes – 56%

    OBcian – 9  votes – 13%

    OBecian – 22  votes- – 31%

    Total Votes: 71 Started: December 8, 2011 and ran until 2pm on December 15, 2011.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

OB-er December 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

Thank you, dear OB Rag, for settling this vital matter with a scientific analysis that comes to a valid conclusion regarding the true name of the locals who inhabit the terra firma of the land of the homeless and the brave.


Frank Gormlie December 16, 2011 at 9:21 am

Back in the 1970’s, we at the OB Rag used to call OBceans “OB’ers”.


kevino December 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

and just how do you pronounce OBcean? do tell.


Patty Jones December 16, 2011 at 11:57 am

Just put B in Ocean.


Mike James December 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm



Frank Gormlie December 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Look at the tux! How come you weren’t wearing it the night of the OB Parade? Huh?


Geoff December 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

It is pronounced as it looks O – B – shun. Like O – shun. Simple. I named my construction company this and I’ve been amazed at how many people get it wrong. I’ve even heard it pronounced Obscene. People don’t pay attention. My first name, Geoffrey, has been mispronounced Gee-offrey, Goffrey, Godfrey, and Gregory so I know from experience that folks do not read carefully enough at times.


Frank Gormlie December 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

well, with a last name of Gormlie, I can’t tell you how often it has been slaughtered – both in pronunciation and spelling. I even had a former city councilman call me “Grumpskil” or something like that at a public hearing. Not to mention when my German grandmother came over when she was 3 with a last name of Mueller – which of course was changed to simply Miller.


dave rice December 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Don’t feel too bad guys, I’ve got one of the most generic first names hitched to the most self-explanatory last names in the history of the English language, and even it’s been butchered – at times I’ve been called “Mr. Reese” or “David Ree-shay.” Come on guys, I’m named after a product that a good portion of the world relies on for their primary form of sustenance – have you never heard of it?


ob rat December 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Now moving on to save another critical social or moral crisis in the lovely hamlet known as OB


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