Famed vs. known

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Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
Peter: What is your hometown "famed for" or "know for"?
John: My hometown produces a lot of potatoes. They are being sold almost everywhere in this country.

Are they both correct and the same? If so, which is better in this situation? Thank you.
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Peter: What is your hometown "famed for" or "known for."

    "Famed for" is old-fashioned/poetic/literary and inappropriate in the sentence you gave. It implies that the town is "famous" for something - and most towns are not "famous" for anything.

    "The city of Bath is famed for its hot-water springs" is a legitimate use but this construction (X is famed for Y) is very much a "set construction".

    My advice is to avoid "famed"


    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    I agree with PaulQ that "known for" is much more common.

    But if a town really is famous for one thing, then in AE I would say "famous for", rather than the BE "famed for". To me the phrase "famed for" sounds quite unnatural.
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