As George Washington once famously said, "I cannot tell a lie... unless, crap, it's one of those 11 things Thrillist LA wrote about that I totally THOUGHT were facts, but turned out to be totally bogus." Speaking of...
(Oh, and a major hat-tip to this website for leading us down good rabbit holes...)
Los Angeles has always been called Los Angeles
Except, no, it hasn't. Some researchers think it was actually Pueblo del Rio de Nuestra Senora la Reyna de los Angeles de Porciuncula. (Seriously. That whole thing.) Others think it was El Pueblo de la Reyna de los Angeles. Either way, the abbreviation was WAY longer than two letters.