Shakespeare’s hero(-ine) Juliet came to life writing her own lines – and this took off into many an answers and blogposts as this.
A quick recap: Twitter mocked and made a hashtag,
#countriesbyvoguewriters, out of a Vogue Writer, Joan Juliet Buck , U-turn from an all-praise write-up, “A Rose in the Desert“, on Syrian first lady Asma Al-Assad to “first lady of hell” and “Syria. The name itself sounds sinister like syringe, or hiss”.
Apolitically put, the trend surely brings out wits and grins. Seasoned world travelers can relate better to the new definitions for their favorite places. Here are few top spins:
- Germany—the name itself sounds infectious
- New Zealand—because the old Zealand is so last season
- Romania—a country whose name suggested crazy romances
- Iran— The name itself sounds as if one is running away.
- Bahrain — Sounds like the expression of disappointment someone going to a picnic makes when the weather changes.
- Kenya — The name itself sounds like my reply to Barbie when she asked if I remembered her boyfriend’s name.
Tunisia, like being struck with amnesia twice and writing about it. #countriesbyvoguewriters—
(@cultoftravel) July 30, 2012
Czech Republic. The name itself sounded like what I should have done before writing that Vogue article. #countriesbyvoguewriters—
Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) July 30, 2012
Samoa - The name sounds like you are asking for a little extra #countriesbyvoguewriters—
Icebrut Iyer (@IcebrutIyer) August 02, 2012
Malawi. It sounded like some kind of spyware that had infected my laptop. #countriesbyvoguewriters—
Laura Brahm (@laclabra) July 30, 2012
Saudi. Sounds like a German car. But starts with an S #countriesbyvoguewriters—
Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) July 30, 2012
rachel shabi (@rachshabi) August 01, 2012