The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) says that the etymology of 'la-la land' is "after L(os) A(ngeles)" and defines it as:
1. A place renowned for its frivolous activity.
2. A state of mind characterized by unrealisticexpectations or a lack of seriousness.
Is this not something of an insult to the people and city of Los Angeles, or don't they even know (or care) that 'la-la land' is apparently named after their city?

Christopher
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Christopher Johnson burbled
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) says that the etymology of 'la-la land' is "after ... city of Los Angeles, or don't they even know (or care) that 'la-la land' is apparently named after their city?

It's so named because of Hollywood and the film industry. The definition is not totally accurate, though, because the movie producers are not only unrealistic in their expectations, but they are deadly serious as well.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition ... care) that 'la-la land' is apparently named after their city?

It's so named because of Hollywood and the film industry. The definition is not totally accurate, though, because the movie producers are not only unrealistic in their expectations, but they are deadly serious as well.

No, it's so-named (back in the '70s as I recall) due to the new-agey, and other crazy attitudes and life-styles existent then and there.
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The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) says that the etymology of 'la-la land' is "after ... city of Los Angeles, or don't they even know (or care) that 'la-la land' is apparently named after their city?

Nah, it's that green hill nder the magic windmill, where La La lives with Tinky Winky, Po and the other one.

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) says that the etymology of 'la-la land' is "after ... Los Angeles, or don't they even know (or care) that 'la-la land' is apparently named after their city? Christopher

There was a thread on this not so long ago, though maybe not on this NG. I'm sure a search on Google would turn it up.
Steve Howarth
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth Edition 2000) says that the etymology of 'la-la land' is "after ... city of Los Angeles, or don't they even know (or care) that 'la-la land' is apparently named after their city?

How do you think the residents of *** Nebraska feel about it?

Disgusted
(of Tunbridge Wells)
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It's so named because of Hollywood and the film industry. ... in their expectations, but they are deadly serious as well.

No, it's so-named (back in the '70s as I recall) due to the new-agey, and other crazy attitudes and life-styles existent then and there.

Superseding "the land of the fruits and the nuts".

John Varela
No, it's so-named (back in the '70s as I recall) due to the new-agey, and other crazy attitudes and life-styles existent then and there.

That may be part of the popular understanding of the term, but as I understand your use of "new-agey" you are referring to hippy and post-hippy culture, which was centered in the Bay area and northward not Los Angeles.

Michael West
Melbourne, Australia
(Expat Yank)
No, it's so-named (back in the '70s as I recall) due to the new-agey, and other crazy attitudes and life-styles existent then and there.

Superseding "the land of the fruits and the nuts".

thanks for the memories. I'd forgot it used to be called that also (probably still is).
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