Some years ago one of my wife’s best friends and her husband visited Boston on vacation and my wife offered to show them around. The friend’s husband grew up in southern California and had never been to Boston before.
At one point in their visit my wife took them on a quick driving tour of the Back Bay. My wife drove down Commonwealth Avenue which she explained was commonly referred to as just ‘Comm Ave’. She turned on to Massachusetts Avenue (Mass Ave) and looped back behind the Prudential Center.
The friend’s husband commented on how everything seemed to have an abbreviated name. “I suppose the Prudential Center is called the ‘Pru Cen’”, He joked.
“No”, my wife replied, “It’s just the ‘Pru’.”