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Chicago Trib - The Day Of The Mcmansions Has Come And Gone

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miktay

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Where did that ridiculous term come from? McDonalds?
She used it in the article about 600 times.
 

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Where did that ridiculous term come from? McDonalds?
She used it in the article about 600 times.

  1. The Wildly Variable Definition of 'McMansion' -...
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    Wildly Variable Definition of 'McMansion' ... the term "McMansion" didn't really catch on until the late 1990s. ... As homes grew, many, ...

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McMansion
In American suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative for a type of large, new luxury house which is judged to be oversized for the parcel or incongruous for its neighborhood. Alternatively, a McMansion can be a large, new house in a subdivision of similarly large houses, which all seem mass-produced and lacking in distinguishing characteristics, as well as appearing at odds with the traditional local architecture. The neologism "McMansion" seems to have been coined sometime in the early 1980s. It appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1990 and the New York Times in 1998. Related terms include "Persian palace", "garage Mahal", "starter castle", and "Hummer house." Marketing parlance often uses the term tract "mansions" or executive homes. An example of a McWord, "McMansion" associates the generic quality of these luxury homes with that of mass-produced fast food meals by evoking the McDonald's restaurant chain.


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miktay

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Mike Kennedy,
You're a wealth of information.
Most of it, useful!
 

Terrel L. Shields

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So what do I dislike about a McMansion?

They are wasteful, requiring numerous cuts of the rafters, decking, and roofing. It creates construction waste, and reroofing ought to cost an arm & leg...not to mention steep roof pitch means higher labor costs. Ill conceived improvements like too small spaces for super large TV's , cable wiring in an increasingly wireless society means even more obsolescences.
 
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