Definitions

Acronymization:

The use of acronyms for businesses and restaurants formerly known by their full names. A minute contributor to marital strife and obesity. See Please join AA (Annoyed by Acronyms) 

 

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Baseless nautical-themed subdivision name:

Nautically named subdivision with no body of water within two miles of the development. One of three key silliness factors with subdivision naming. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

 

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Battle to fill the holes:

Business patterns that follow a retail development’s fall from grace. As owners fight to fill the holes in a rapidly vacating mall, there are regular diehard retail and quasi-retail suspects that like to fill them. See Suburban-retail-ruin love affair

 

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Building reincarnation game:

A game that leverages a chain establishment’s unique—and readily identifiable—building characteristics built into their cookie-cutter designs to identify its buildings when they are reincarnated into different businesses. See Walgreens + Pizza Hut: proof of reincarnation 

 

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Funky chain restaurants: 

Chain restaurant buildings that are strikingly different from the standard restaurant format. See R.I.P. funky McDonald’s

 

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Garage door scar:

Identifying scar of garage reassignment surgery. See Garage reassignment surgery

 

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Garage reassignment surgery:

An elective cosmetic procedure primarily conducted in 1950s and 1960s homes to convert a one-car garage to living space. See Garage reassignment surgery

 

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Generic subdivision name:

Subdivision names that have no connection to the surrounding area. One of three key silliness factors with subdivision naming. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

 

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Inaccurate ecological/geological subdivision name:

Subdivision names that have no connection to nearby natural elements. One of three key silliness factors with subdivision naming. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

 

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Intra-city-niche-competitions-over-things-that-don’t-seem-to-be-that-big-of-deal:

Local competition between businesses over products and services that don’t really matter to local consumers or to anyone outside the community. See Spokane’s bitter railroad car diner battle

 

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Kid theory:

A bad project name arises from enabling children to select a project’s name. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

  

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Let’s-just-name-it-that-for-now theory:

A bad project name arises from picking an early name for a project and then turning it into the project’s real name. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

 

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Life-sized farm animal statues:

Cow and horse statues that appear to be grazing in impractical pedestrian areas and parking lots. See The allure of life-sized farm animal statues

 

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Lincoln overload:

Using Abraham Lincoln’s name ad nauseum because Lincoln had some miniscule relationship with a geographic area. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

 

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Moocher population:

Animals that gather in large numbers and plague public places to get something from you. See Cats unceremoniously added to moocher list

 

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Old cool:

Old architectural styles, fixtures and furnishings that have existed long enough to become tastefully retro. See Campaign to save lime green carpet

 

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Old uncool:

Old architectural styles, fixtures and furnishings that have not existed long enough to become tastefully retro. See Campaign to save lime green carpet

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Rate of date:

The speed at which an item becomes dated. See Lights + logos, a dangerous community combo 

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Pancake-sweetness-to-egg-hash-brown-sausage savoriness ratio:

A measure of the sweet-savory balance for the diner test plate, which includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns and sausage. See Spokane’s bitter railroad car diner battle

 

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People trap: 

Silly items that would lure a member of particular group into a trap. Helps in understanding a group’s incentives, or what drives them to do something. See Pueblo people traps: a lesson incentives

 

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Repurposing:

Repurposing is what happens to a mall or shopping center once owners can’t keep even diehard retailers. (e.g., tearing it down, turning it into a mega-church, turning into a governmental services annex, turning it into a storage area for a garage-sale antiques obsession. See Suburban-retail-ruin love affair  

 

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Roadside zombies:

Human structures and ventures (e.g., buildings, business names, transportation infrastructure, landscapes, cities) that, like zombies, don’t go away easily. See About blog + H.

 

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Too creative designer theory:

A bad project name arises from designers developing overly creative project names and other less-creative people not telling them that the name is ridiculous. See Why we need a volcano-themed subdivision

 

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Walkability: 

A measure of how easily one can walk on sidewalks to something he or she sees. For example, how hard is it to get something one sees across a street, interstate or river? See Cincinnati scores 98.51 for walkability