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This one would have your counsel: It's time to grow up...or is it?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Amelorn, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. james_timothy

    james_timothy Distinguished Member

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    re: sarcasm in pure text: Absolutely.

    One can even argue that the British way is to prove superiority by having a code that not everyone can read, but once you can it just shows how inferior you are.

    Whereas the Harvard way is to wear glaringly bad sweaters with huge H's on them, as to say: see this? Yeah. It doesn't matter to me, I run the company.

    (though I'm sure Vox's fit was irony incarnate)
     


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  4. F. Corbera

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    Exactly.

    [​IMG]
     


  5. james_timothy

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    Grumpy old men

    are

    grumpy old men!
     


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    DocHolliday Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    The hot mess this threak turned into is totally different than the hot mess I was expecting.
     
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  7. F. Corbera

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    It's also great camouflage since most people assume it's a Tommy Hilfiger number. Can't do that if you're Yale varsity.
     


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    I'm like one of those orbit-disturbing giant black planets.
     


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    See, that's almost British. Using the camouflage of widely known branding to obscure the secret message of superiority that can be read only by a few.

    That bear-rug coat now, that can be read by anybody. I claim that as completely American.
     
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    I don't get the H sweater, and why does he always take his pics in front of that castle-looking thingy? It just doesn't add up. An enigma, this man is.
     


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    You think that the sweater is telling you that wearer thinks that he is intellectually and socially superior to you. In reality, it is mostly saying that he is physically superior to you.

    So, it is the trifecta of cynical sweater put downs.

    It is certainly not about affection for college days, or meeting up with old school chums for a few lazy afternoon drinks, or the old American tradition of collegiate sportswear as casual wear.
     


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    Umm, not to rain on anyone's parade, but wasn't that worn for a Harvard football game? Now I grant you that a jersey would have been more tasteful.
     


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    Oh certainly not. That'd be far too easy an interpretation. Just what you'd be expecting they'd want you to think.
     


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    [​IMG]

    the-best-of-johnny-from-airplane-from-airplanefan
     
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    It was 4am here at the time of writing, and my energy for superior composition was spent earlier in the day on an essay in geopolitics. Further, knowing what an SF thread can degenerate into, why waste my time to compose a message in the overwrought style so beloved of the British? I used to type forum messages in the same formal English I'd write correspondence (I do have the odd occasion to handwrite a letter) or academic work with. However, developing a reputation for stilted "elitist" language on many forums is seldom beneficial. Now, I should have taken account of the "striver" undercurrents here and written accordingly. Oh well. C'est fait! Now, I'm off to my twice-weekly supper at Blenheim. With that username, I hope you'd appreciate the reference.

    I agree. Now someone needs to tell that to the Trad forum on Ask Andy.

    PhiPsi32: I appreciate your effort to write a "real" answer. No, I'm not concerned with flight attire. I was merely relaying an amusing anecdote that fired some neurons/synapses.
     
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