Living in Amarillo, you tend to hear words and phrases over and over again. Words and phrases that send a cringe through your body.

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Here are 6 Words or Phrases in Amarillo that Should Be Banned.

1. Amarillo Civic Center Project

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This has been the bane of Amarillo's existence (after Hodgetown). The Amarillo Civic Center project is something that invokes anger in a lot of people. A vote was put before the citizens of Amarillo in 2020 to renovate the Amarillo Civic Center and the citizens voted no. Fast forward to 2022 and the Amarillo City Council tried to use tax notes to fund the project. EVEN AFTER THE CITIZENS SAID NO! The city was sued, and the judge ruled against the city. That case is currently in appeal, but for now, the city cannot use tax notes to fund the Civic Center.

2.  Yellow City/Bomb City

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These are nicknames for Amarillo, but unfortunately, they are becoming overused.  More and more businesses are using either term to name their business or their products. It's just getting old.

3.  Ginger Nelson

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Ginger Nelson has been Mayor of Amarillo since 2017 and 2023 will be her final year as Mayor. She has chosen not to run for another term, leaving the Mayor position open for some new blood. Ginger Nelson's name is polarizing. She is either loved or hated, there doesn't seem to be an in-between. After the next election, her name will just be remembered in the history books and hopefully won't incite such anger (see above Amarillo Civic Center project).

4. It's the Smell of Money

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It's the smell that wafts into Amarillo from local feed yards (mainly Hereford). When someone that isn't from Amarillo comments, "Ewww, what's that smell." The answer is usually "The Smell of Money." Let's face it, it's the smell of poop. Tons and tons of poop from a cow. Let's just call it what it is, cow poop (or insert your favorite word here).

5. Calling Amarillo, "Rillo"

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It's just a lazy. If someone asked you where you were from and you say Rillo, they will have no idea what in the heck you're talking about. Keeping the A-M-A is just two more syllables to say.

6. There's Nothing to Do in Amarillo

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Nope, not correct. We have more to do in Amarillo than most people in big cities. We have the Amarillo Zoo, Wonderland Park, and the Discovery Center. Oh, and Sunset Center is reopening with more art!   We have multiple movie theaters and gaming centers in our city. We have multiple sports teams so there is always a game to go see. We have theater, art, ballet, music, and concerts to enjoy. Amarillo also has Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, Hobo Hills, and multiple parks around town. I could go on and on.  On any given weekend, Amarillo has at least 10 events happening. That doesn't even include Canyon, the home of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, WTAMU, The Cap, and their seasonal Canyon Market. Canyon is also home to one of the country's largest canyons full of hiking trails, ziplining, jeep tours, horseback riding, camping, and the Texas Musical Drama.

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