Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Word Association


Back in 2007 when I read Eat Pray Love I did a post about one word associations with cities we know. At the time I wrote, "... one of the things that intrigued me (about the book) was a concept the author introduced in the "eat" section, while she was in Rome. Her friend tells her you cannot live in a city if you are not in sync with it's "word." He tells her that each city has one word that describes it. He claims Rome's is the big s-e-x; she defines New York by 'achieve.'"

With the release of the movie, and now that I have more than twelve readers, I thought it might be fun to play again. In 2007 I chose "tradition" for Kansas City; you can see other folks feedback here. I'll post your words tomorrow.

Image from the movie Eat Pray Love; Production Design by Bill Groom with Set Decoration by Andrew Baseman, Raffaella Giovannetti and Letizia Santucci.

40 comments:

clarissa said...

Philadelphia- strive and, if I may, Venice- shimmer

Martha said...

I think tradition is good for KC --

For my little town on the prairie -- Fort Scott
I chose "History"

Boxwood Terrace said...

Here's one for my hometown:

Boston - History

Ann Marie said...

Washington DC - childish or unimaginative

LDMark said...

My natal city, Geneva - irenic anomaly

Anonymous said...

Austin -- hippie
San Francisco -- progressive
New York -- assertive
London -- eccentric
Paris -- grumpy

-- Your 13th reader

DalaiLina said...

How about this for my hometown:

San francisco - Weird

I guess is could be a little more PC and say "Alternative"

Kerry said...

Pittsburgh-ritual
I'm sure I'll think of one I like better at 3 am.

ChrisToronto said...

Is "self-conscious" one word or two? Regardless, it sums up Toronto.

Sharon @ Real Estate Resuscitation said...

Indianapolis - bland

I'm not trying to be negative, but I've been wanting someone to ask me this very question.

Dandy said...

Savannah---------yummy

the whole place is just edible

home before dark said...

From Lawrence, Kansas: couldn't decide whether it's basketball or hotmess (slight cheat, but here we always make up our own rules).

beth said...

melange for Kansas City...
home for the little town of Marceline where I grew up.

NR Designs said...

Charleston (SC) - Hospitable

Linenqueen said...

For my money - Kansas City = Home
Ann

Tree said...

My favorite Eat, Pray, Love item also!

Salt Lake City - industrious
Portland, OR - progressive

Cyn said...

Philadelphia - History (although I really like Strive)....

Anonymous said...

I am fairly new to Minnesota--Winter of '08--but I honestly think that Minneapolis requires two words.

6 months - Vibrant

6 months - Glacial

Bickie

Anonymous said...

washington dc -- ambition

Susan said...

Sacramento (CA) - endearing

BBS said...

Cleveland: Proud; Clevelanders are always defending our city and we are proud of our city.

Emom said...

Charlotte=HOT!

Linda Merrill said...

I second Boxwood for Boston: "History"

Todd said...

Kansas City = solid

As an Atlantan, I think that the person who came up with "reinvention" for Atlanta is spot on.

Dianne said...

North Carolina- green

SuSu said...

Boston - historic

home before dark said...

From Lawrence, Kansas: basketball. Or hotmess (I know I'm cheating here. But we're kooky here and make our own rules).

Visual Vamp said...

New York was actually "ambition".
New Orleans is "pleasure".
Saw the movie last night, and liked it very much. It wasn't too long for me at all.
xo xo

...::Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Little Rock - "Natural"

Cisley said...

Love the question posed, what brain exercise!
Kansas City=authenticity

Leah said...

Love this! Jacksonville - Comfort.

northsidefour said...

This is a wonderful fun idea! For Chicago I chose Neighborhood. And I think you are dead on with tradition, Kansas City still lives with me in that way. One more, for a place that used to feel like home, Aspen. Crisp.

Appletree said...

Minneapolis=do

Mrs. Blandings said...

My apologies for posting some of these so late - my day kind of got away from me. I'll post the whole list tomorrow.

Rachel Joins the Fray said...

Queens: hope. (I suppose it's not a city, but it has 2.3 million people from all over the world, so it gets its own word.)

San Francisco: self-righteous. (Sorry, I live here and love it here, but it's true. We are self-righteous!)

Anonymous said...

New York City=Go

Kristin Kerr said...

Chicago - "corrupt"....ouch

Anonymous said...

Charlotte - "wannabe"

Laura Casey Interiors said...

I was on vacation and missed this but think Charlotte is much better than wannabe! I love living here, Emom is right though, it is hot.

Looking forward to reading your Tribune piece. Congrats!

michale said...

I think Oklahoma City should be described as generous