I hope I am doing this correctly, as this is my first time posting to this community. I have some information that I need for a story I am working on, and the story is basically at a standstill until I get this information.
The story's setting is modern-day, but the location is a little more difficult to describe. It is kind of an alternate universe type-setting that is primarily based on Europe. (Northern Europe to be as specific as I can get)
One of my main characters is a passionate punster. This is a real challenge for me, because I am hopeless with puns! A while back, I posted here to ask for help with thinking up puns for my character to use, and I was amazed and delighted at the totally brilliant things you came up with. So I'm hoping you can help me once again...
I have no clue how to research puns for specific situations by google or by any other means, so I haven't tried anything beyond some helpless googling of "pun"/"play on words" and the like in combination with various key terms. This worked about as well as you'd expect: not. :-/
Context: The MC is told that her family has been killed in a traffic accident between the Virginia/Maryland state line and I-495. The person who delivers the news says, "Southbound I-395..." in describing the accident. I would like that the MC realizes the person is not a local, because locals refer to that particular stretch as [fill in the blank] instead of "Southbound I-395".
Question: Does the stretch of I-395 between the Virginia/Maryland state line and I-495 in have a specific nickname used by locals, such as "the Shirley" (short of the Shirley Highway)?
I believe the US 27 - I-395 interchange is referred to as "the Mixing Bowl", but I'm looking a little further south, perhaps near Landmark Mall or maybe the I-395/495/95 exchange.
Research/search terms: "Pentagon Road network", "mixing bowl DC", "Shirley Highway", "highways in DC Metro Area", "nicknames for I-395 Arlington, VA"