BANANA


BANANA
(buh.NAN.uh)
acronym.
Build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone. A person who is opposed to new real estate development, particularly projects close to their neighbourhood. — adj.
Example Citation:
But the naysayers never learn. No matter how much they like a building or a statue when it's finished, they still attack the next one with the same shrill sureness.
Their latest target is Luas.
Now, Dublin's light rail system is undoubtedly a good idea. Light rail works — check out Manchester — and our capital city needs public transport that gets priority over cars. Luas is a complex project that takes time and money.
Inevitably it's over-budget and late. Big deal, sensible people will conclude, it'll be worth the wait.
But that doesn't satisfy the BANANAs — those who say we should Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.
— John Burns, "Can't see the point of new buildings? You're bananas," Sunday Times of London, July 6, 2003
Earliest Citation:
David Taylor (Letters, January 23) does not appear to be aware that the NIMBY syndrome, with all its parochial overtones, has been superseded by the all embracing BANANA syndrome — Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.
— David Williams, "Nowhere, no time," The Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 1991
Notes:
Two common alternative expansions for this acronym are "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anybody" and "build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything." A slightly less satisfying alternative is "build absolutely nothing at all, now or anytime."
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