Sunday, 2 August 2009

hullness - an early definition

While googling hullness I came across this 2007 public document about Hull's Fruit Market regeneration that credits Urban Kaleidics and Browne Smith Baker Architects.

The document includes a "definition" of hullness. We don't want to define it yet as the debate is only just beginning, but this is an interesting point of view:
Hullness - noun
1 the fact of quality (of a person) of being from Hull; resemblance of the city (of the place) : The Housemartins show the characteristic of Hullness | there is a real Hullness about the Fruit Market. See notes on Hull- [prefix] and Kingstonian.
2 slightly self-deprecating response, in particular to place : it’s their Hullness that criticizes their place before someone else does | there is a real Hullness with this quarter of Rotterdam.
3 under-rated and | or underperforming in competitive environments : which of the great Universities did you go to? Oxford, Cambridge or Hull? (Black Adder goes Forth). There is a Hullness about the disappointing final result.
4 avoidance of airs and graces : it’s their Hullness that makes them so down to earth.
5 opposite of Dullness : Hull is not Dull thus Hullness is not Dullness.
6 having a draw-bridge and defensive mentality : Hull is just different to Sheffield and much better than Doncaster in spite of what the current market rates suggest.
[ predic. ] (Hull on) having the visible appearance and predictable behaviour of a resident of Hull (occasionally damp footed) : Bob has a real Hull on today because of the rain.
Hull - proper noun
Kingston upon Hull |Kings:town | up:on hull�ulll| very proper
ORIGIN Old English - hull�ulluul, of Yorkshire origin.
Hull- a prefix city and port in north (subjective geography) of England, situated at the junction of the Hull and Humber rivers; pop. 252,000. Official name Kingston-upon-Hull.

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