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Sea Change
Does this mean anything in the US?

 1:12 pm on Jan 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sorry, if this is off-topic, but I just wanted to check if the topic "sea change" means anything to people from Nth America.

In Australia, thanks to a popular drama it refers to people downsizing and moving to the coast.

I am thinking of creating a seachange site for people who are considering leaving their 9-5 jobs and moving to the country.



 1:54 pm on Jan 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm not familiar with "sea change" in that context. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you want to hear, but it's related... After having lived in LA, Chicago and the Bay Area I've found that by moving to southern New Mexico I can, for the same price, live in a home three times better than any in those other places. And this would be true no matter what my income level.

The internet and Adsense especially have made it unnecessary for me to be near a big city. El Paso, TX is nearby, but it's no LA. :)

So I haven't downsized but it is a "desert change..." Of all the things I miss about California though, it would be the sea that I miss the most. There are rural areas on the Pacific coast, these are looking good too.


 5:16 am on Feb 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Gidday Gecko1

Slightly OT: there's a new one .... "treechange". Recently in Tamworth (or Armidale - can't remember) there was a big trade show, and various State and Fed. depts, as well as LGAs, were sproiking a "treechange" to encourage more Sydneysiders, Melbourne-ites and weary city folk from down south, to the region.


 5:28 am on Feb 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Generally in the USA at least, a "sea change" is a large and fundamental change
in the status quo or its underpinnings.
Prohibition (and its repeal) caused a 'sea change' in the production and
distribution of beer and spirits here for example. -Larry


 5:47 am on Feb 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

From Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

"Full fathom five thy father lies
Of his bones are coral made
Those are pearls that were his eyes
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange."

I have also heard the phrase used to refer to how ocean currents can shift as the tides rise and fall, completely reversing direction in some places. If you're piloting a boat, you need to know that.


 10:31 am on Feb 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks for everyones' replies. The information is very helpful for me. It kind of goes to show how much Australians love the beach.


 7:29 pm on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

"Sea change" has long meant a significant change and the TV series played on this double meaning. It doesn't have the same recognition outside Australia.


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