All it takes is a single opinion to dramatically distort perceptions. One critique could make or ruin an entire business. One comment could uplift or damage a person’s self-confidence forever. One speech could win you the presidency or cost you the respect of a nation.

That’s the power of an opinion. Nowadays, we throw around so many thoughts and words that we often forget how potent they can be. Such laxity is particularly hazardous in a world of social media and instant transmission, where we have the ability to plant the seeds of an idea into the minds of thousands with just a single click.

When it comes to places in Toronto and the GTA, it seems that entire reputations are formed based on the one-sided opinions of just one or a few individuals. While such are not necessarily true or all-encompassing, they are, unfortunately, still accepted by most.

To demonstrate this phenomenon, here are 12 places in the GTA described by top definitions in Urban Dictionary:

Scarborough

Etobicoke

Brampton

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Markham

Ajax

Oshawa

Richmond Hill

Mississauga

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Hamilton

Burlington

Oakville

Caledon