Quintessence. Yep, it’s a $20 word, but there probably isn’t a better one out there to describe what this thread is about. It means (at least for this thread) – the most typical or representative example.
The purpose of this thread is to identify and explain why it is you think something or someone is somehow quintessential. The category can be anything of your choosing and coming up with the most novel category is naturally much of the fun behind this exercise.
Here are a couple of picks to get things started. Feel free to counter any with your own picks (and at least a half-heartedly plausible explanation) or come up with your own..... the most quintessential scotch?...southern politician?...month of the calendar?....Canadian city?....19th century war?....overhyped sporting event?....you name it. One's imagination is the only limit here.
The Quintessential Third World Nation Peru. Why?
1. Because it has a proud history of indigenous people who were conquered by a European colonial power (Spain).
2. The per capita annual income is around US$3,400
3. Much of the country’s landmass is inhospitable to economic development and human habitation, but conducive to biodiversity.
4. Has at least one robust guerilla organization (Shining Path) threatening government control.
5. The nation’s capital (Lima) is a primate city.
6. Has a 2% population growth rate, with about a third of the population below the age of 16.
The Quintessential Car 1968 Buick Electra 225.
1. It was an American vehicle manufactured by General Motors during a decade when the US manufacturing held world dominance.
2. It was available as a convertible
3. While ostensibly a ‘luxury’ car, it was still affordable to middle class Americans.
4. 1968 was the first year vent windows were eliminated.
5. Had a 401 V-8 engine (that probably never got better than 15 mpg on highway)
The Quintessential Rock Band Paul Revere & the Raiders.
1. The band was formed from relative nobodies but enjoyed mainstream success during the gritty period in rock history known as the late 60’s.
2. The band had an acrimonious split over artistic differences.
3. Appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
4. The band had at least one shameless ‘reunion’ tour attempting to cash in on baby boomer nostalgia.
5. The Raiders were the first rock group signed by Columbia records.