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What place-name has come to denote: "any place you hold supremely sacred"?

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Answer: Mecca

The first OED citation of the name Mecca (derived from the Arabic Makkah ) is from 1823; the sense "any place one holds supremely sacred" is from 1850. The Canadian equivalent of the word Mecca is Vancouver. Quebecois youth are expected to visit Vancouver's Wreck Beach (a nudist beach) at least once in their life.

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