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Can someone suggest a single word for "village of dreams" in any language except the word "leonesse" as it has connotation of a place known for wines.

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    What sort of "dreams"? Daydreams, good fortunes, idleness, sleep?
    – MrHen
    Mar 28 '11 at 15:58
  • Are you asking us to refer you to an extant word or would you like us to coin a word for you? May 19 '11 at 14:39
  • I think you mean 'Lyonesse', the land to which King Arthur was taken, now sunk beneath the waves. Jul 14 '11 at 11:23
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Camelot, El Dorado, Shangri-La, Bali Hai and Brigadoon are some well-known mythical perfect places....

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    Nice list. I'd add Brigadoon as well.
    – Robusto
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:05
  • Excellent idea. Consider it done. :-)
    – Hellion
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:20
  • Nice list, too. +1
    – Jimi Oke
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:44
  • The last three aren't myths. They are simply inventions of 20th Century authors: James Hilton (for his novel of that name), Richard Rodgers (for the song of that name in his musical South Pacific), and Alan Jay Lerner (for his musical of that name). Brigadoon was original Germelshausen, a German village, but when Lerner was writing, in the mid-1940s, he decided to change it to Scotland, for some reason.
    – Malvolio
    May 18 '11 at 22:29
  • Shangri-La wasn't invented by James Hilton, just misspelled. You could add the correct spelling, Shambhala, to the list. May 19 '11 at 10:57
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How about,

Utopia

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  • I wouldn't necessarily consider utopia a village of dreams. To me, utopia connotes a perfect or ideal world, not a village. Plus, utopia is not necessarily everyone's dream :)
    – Jimi Oke
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:40
  • I agree it's not the end-all-be-all answer to the question. But I do think the list would be incomplete without it.
    – tenfour
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:41
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    True. Could certainly be appropriate in some contexts. We also do not know what the asker is really after. +1
    – Jimi Oke
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:43
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How about dreamland, wonderland or fantasyland?

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  • I would consider dreamland a land of dreams, not a village!
    – Jimi Oke
    Mar 28 '11 at 0:38
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    @Jimi: I agree, but Camelot is a castle, Eldorado is a city, Shangri-La is a valley, and Bali Hai is an island. I was following others' lead in interpreting the question loosely. Mar 28 '11 at 1:14
  • Sorry if I appear to have picked on your answer for no reason. Land screamed at me, and I wasn't paying enough attention to other answers. Of your three suggestions, though, fantasyland would certainly be my pick. (Wonderland also works.) [+1] Dreamland usually refers to where dreams take place, or figuratively used to mean asleep, as in: I tried to wake him up, but he was far gone, away in dreamland.
    – Jimi Oke
    Mar 28 '11 at 1:18
  • @Jimi: No worries. Challenges keep answer quality high. Mar 28 '11 at 3:35
  • For me, wonderland will always refer to the Wonderland Murders. But maybe that's just me.
    – Malvolio
    May 18 '11 at 22:30
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How about "avalon"? It's taken to mean something like that in English literature.

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How about 'Dreamsville'? Henry Mancini wrote a song about that place.

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If you want to go medieval ... Cockaigne or Cockayne

When said (if it is said) it is usually "The Land of Cockaigne"

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  • Unfortunately, this really doesn't work when said aloud. :/
    – Marthaª
    May 18 '11 at 22:52
  • Yeah, top ten innocuous words that should never be said in front of the immature ;)
    – gbutters
    May 18 '11 at 23:50
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