This seems appropriate: after I examined all the mentions of the word “McMansion” in the Dallas Morning News from 2000 to 2009 (while also doing the same in the New York Times), the Dallas Morning News covers my findings:
In researching issues related to housing and suburban development, Miller “began to notice that the term McMansion was being used to describe wildly different things.”
To some, a McMansion is simply a big house. (But what constitutes “big”?) To others, it’s an excessively big house. (But what constitutes “excessive”?) To others, it’s a big, garish house. (But who’s to say that a certain design is “garish”?)…
The sociologist analyzed each appearance of the word, and concluded that its usage tended to imply “one of four general meanings: a large house, a relatively large house, a home with bad architecture or design, or a symbol for other issues, especially sprawl and consumerism.”
The use of “McMansion,” he concluded, “is often a judgment call, and almost always negative.”
Not a bad summary. It would be interesting to hear reactions of people in Dallas to my findings.