See also: generica, genérica, and genèrica

English edit

Etymology edit

Blend of generic +‎ America.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒəˈnɛɹɪkə/
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Proper noun edit


  1. Features of the landscape such as fire hydrants, letterboxes, fast-food chains, streets called "Main", etc., that are the same throughout the United States.
    • 1994 November 3, Amy Satterthwaite, “In Their Own Words”, in The Free Lance-Star:
      Chandler commanded a spotlight at the far end of the stage at Picker’s Supply Concert Hall downtown last Friday night. There, he was loudly ranting about a commercial wasteland he called the “United States of Generica.”
    • 1998, Michael Marshall Smith, One of Us, New York: Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 48:
      The valley areas are split up into regular grids of stores and restaurants, and you're never more than a five-minute drive from a Starbucks or Borders or Baby Gap, the building blocks of Generica.
    • 1999, Helen Husher, Off the Leash[1], Countryman Press, →ISBN, pages 20–21:
      It is generica that plagues the outskirts of every medium-sized city with its strip malls and fast-food stops and traffic lights; it is generica that always persuades me to drive off quite confidently in the wrong direction.

References edit

  • Paul McFedries (8 December 1996), “Generica”, in Word Spy, Logophilia Limited, retrieved 4 June 2017.

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