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Donna Richoux wrote on 24 Jun 2004:
My bet is that these three placenames evoke the same associations, in an American audience at least. Immediate reactions only no fair thinking too hard and getting clever: Liverpool - The Beatles Nottingham - Robin Hood Newcastle - Coals to

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American audience at least. Immediate reactions only no fair thinking too hard and getting clever: Liverpool - Beatles Nottingham - The sheriff that plagued Robin Hood Newcastle - Brown Ale

The last one is truly an immediate reaction. It's my son's favorite brew, and there's always some in the fridge for when he comes over.
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My bet is that these three placenames evoke the same associations, in an American audience at least. Immediate reactions only no fair thinking too hard and getting clever: Liverpool -

The Beatles.
Nottingham -

Robin Hood.
Newcastle -

I dunno. Geordies? Newcastle United? The Police?
Coals.
Bob
Liverpool - the Beatles Nottingham - Robin Hood Newcastle - beer

I've probably embarassed myself horribly, in some way.

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My bet is that these three placenames evoke the same associations, in an American audience at least. Immediate reactions only no fair thinking too hard and getting clever:

Here are the associations from a representative of the Danish audience:
My bet is that these three placenames evoke the same ... only no fair thinking too hard and getting clever:

Here are the associations from a representative of the Danish audience:

Liverpool - (no bid - at least four diffent immediate reactions) Nottingham - Forest Newcastle - Brown Ale

Interesting. Newcastle's ale now leads Newcastle's coals in familiarity.
The Nottingham impulse associations are also interesting. I assume that Sherwood Forest is near Nottingham, but I don't think of Robin Hood in Nottingham. As far as I know, it's only the location of the sheriff's office.
You said not to think about the words before making the association, but I have to admit that I did with my "Beatles" reply. My first impulse was the song "Liverpool Lou" (Why can't you behave like other girls do?), but that seemed a bit too off-beat. The second fleeting impulse reaction was "Liverpudlian". It's such a great word.

Now for the English:
Phoenix
New York
San Francisco
Liverpool -

Car thieves.
Nottingham -

Brian Clough.
Newcastle -

Lindisfarne (the band).
Mike M
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Now for the English: Phoenix

Nights (oh dear)
New York

New York
San Francisco

Cable cars.
It's worth noting that I have visited both New York and San Francisco, so my reactions may not be typical.

David
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