Some of you know that one of the things I enjoy about telling stories of NYC's history is the colorful name-calling and insults that flew back and forth between debaters. New Yorkers generally insulted each other far better than outsiders ever could. (Except maybe John Adams.)
In 1772, a NYer called the city "Liliput" in reference to the Jonathan Swift story "Gullivers Travels". Liliput was an island full of tiny people who believed themselves to be extremely important. He addressed his complaint as "A letter to the majority of the General Assembly of Liliput." and signed it "A Freeholder of Liliput".
Then, in 1776, an author wrote to the people of NYC that they had become "dastards (sneaking cowards) and poltroons (wretched cowards)" for allowing a "set of miscreants" (loyalists) to plot among them.
But my favorite predated both of those. It came in 1770 after New York was the only colony to support the Quartering Act. Philadelphia sent a letter to the city "Please send us your liberty pole as, by your behavior, it seems you no longer have a use for it!" The liberty pole stood on the NYC Common and was a symbol of resistance to the King and Parliament.
Insulting NYC, a 300-year pastime!