Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 11:31:11 -0800 From: Allen Maberry Subject: Re: McX I've never heard of McMansion, but it is too good not to use. On Thu, 11 Jan 1996, Peter McGraw wrote: > The "most Imaginative" WOTY for 1993, cited in Alan Metcalf's press > release last week - "McJob, a generic, unstimulating, low-paying job" - > piqued my curiosity. > > Here in Oregon there is a term for a particular type of oversized, > expensive and pretentious but (IMHO) ugly house which typically crops up > either cheek-by-jowl with similar monstrosities in crowded subdivisions or > in mini-estates in rural subdivisions which sprawl over and consume former > forest or farm land. These houses are called by some "McMansions." I > heard it only recently and thought it singularly apt, but have no idea how > long it has been around. > > 1) Is the term "McMansion" known elsewhere? > > 2) Together, the 1993 WOTY and this one would seem to indicate a > productive use of the prefix Mc- meaning something like "McX is to X as a > McDonald's hamburger is to a GOOD hamburger." Is this something new, or > has it been around at least since 1993 and I am only now tumbling to it? > (I did check back a few years in American Speech, but possibly not far > enough.) > > Peter McGraw > Linfield College > McMinnville, OR >