As shown by the hoohah with PETA requesting to rename the Tenderloin, there are those who are of the opinion that the name, ‘Tenderloin’ is the cause of all the woes of the neighborhood (as it “evokes the horrors of the meat trade”, obviously).

We would like to put forth the shocking premise that no, that’s not the reason at all. It has to do with a lot of things such as a broken social services system and a free-for-all open air drug trade. Or the fact that whenever someone writes about the Tenderloin they always feel the annoying need to put an adjective in front of it such as “the ______ Tenderloin, San Francisco’s ______ neighborhood”. That really doesn’t do much to clean up the image and it’s not something you see happening to other neighborhoods with problems in San Francisco.

So, this being the case, we are choosing to fight back the one way we know how, whining with a public poll! We present to you, our loyal readers with an appreciation for this generally loathed neighborhood, the chance to vote on the most annoying adjective typically used in describing the Tenderloin. Not because it isn’t true (we’re not disputing that), but because of how indiscriminately and unnecessarily it’s used whatever the focus of the article actually is. Here’s an example of a completely gratuitous negative adjective in an article (from NYDaily News) about Barry Bond’s trial:

They [the 12 jurors] will be asked to consider only the testimony and exhibits they encounter in the packed courtroom at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco’s gritty Tenderloin district.

If your favorite hated word isn’t in our list, just add yours in and comment on why who find it so annoying. This will undoubtedly change the neighborhood’s perception immediately, once hell freezes over and pigs start flying… Happy voting!