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Location! Location! Location! It's a Tip-Off

By Judey Kalchik Published 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 2 min read
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"What's in a name?", asked Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Well, when it comes to Location names in AI generated content, a name can tell the reader a lot.

This chapter will outline the common locations and location names used in AI generated content. This is true as of August 2023; please keep in mind that the very concept of AI is always evolving so location settings and place names will likely also evolve.

Common AI Locations

As outlined in the previous chapter on first paragraphs, AI uses reliable tropes for much of its stories. Common locations include: villages, towns, cities, suburbs, forest, and in the case of Fantasy stories: planets, worlds, realms, and galaxies.

Our example stories, all of which were published on Vocal 8/18/23, show these common settings and give a hint to the coming action by the adjectives used to describe them. These are some of the most common location descriptions and their adjectives:

  • Villages are notes as quiet, idyllic, quaint, charming, picturesque,
  • Towns are called: bustling, little, remote, small, curious, calm
  • Suburbs are: quaint, quiet, sleepy
  • Cities are: clamoring, bustling
  • Forests are: enchanted, shadowy, deep
  • Countrysides are: quiet, verdant
  • Wildernesses are: untouched, hushed
  • Savannahs are: lush, sweeping
  • Metropolis are: dynamic, bustling

Although the adjectives can be mixed and matched among the locations, you can see them in use in our example content:

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Location Names

More detail regarding word choices will be covered in the Vocabulary chapter of this guide, however the location names are a sort of mix and match Garanimals collection of words that are seen over and over.

Most often used are words ending in -wood, -thorn, -fall, and -brook. With the first part of the name a variation of Raven-, Mist-, Black-, Hollow-, and Hill-. Fantasy often uses a variation of Eldoria.

Sometimes they are proper names for castles and spooky homes, last names of characters, and most often they describe communities and living spaces.

Among the most popular, many of which are found in our examples:

  • Hollowbrook
  • Mistwood
  • Blackthorn
  • Meadowbrook
  • Eldoria
  • Backwoods
  • Charmed Woods
  • Charmed Woodlands
  • Hilwood/Hillwood
  • Ravenswood
  • Havenbrook
  • Crestfall


-Villes also have a place

Our examples also show Brokeville. Variations of -ville and -town surfaces in many of the content intended to be humorous. The word used to begin the name explains the topic of the content.

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Brokeville is about a poor person or family, Catville is about talking cats, Barkville is a town of dogs, Chuckletown is a place filled with clowns, Coralville is filled with fish, etc.


Nestling isn't Just for Fairytales

A few of the examples above also show a popular choice in AI generated content. Locations nestle a lot. Sometime they lay, sometimes it lies, it can in the midst or amidst, and I've noticed tucked, but nestling is by far the most prevalent description.

Take a moment and reread the examples and note the six instances where this descriptor is combined with a predictable location name.


Just as location names, once you read enough of them, jump out as AI go-to content, the names of the characters are interchangeable between stories, too.

The next chapter is on: Character Names.


The content above is from my work in progress, described in this Vocal post:

This is the link to the previous chapter: Opening Paragraphs

Please let me know in the comments: What other commonalities in location names have you found? Have you scanned the text visible on thumbnails of Vocal's Latest Stories and been able to use the information I've provided to pick out AI generated content?


About the Creator

Judey Kalchik

It's my time to find and use my voice.

Poetry, short stories, memories, and a lot of things I think and wish I'd known a long time ago.

You can also find me on Medium

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  • Cendrine Marrouat3 months ago

    Another great post, Judey! Your work is really appreciated!

  • Another good, informative & helpful chapter.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Thanks for building a valuable resource, Judey!

  • Gerald Holmes3 months ago

    Thank you, Judey, for being our resident expert on this stuff, Well done.

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