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User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2789 posts, RR: 5
Posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Can anyone define the word "preppy"? For some reason, it seems to have a bad connotation. But why? What's so bad about being preppy? It seems that many high school students don't want this label. Please...enlighten me.

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User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 841 times:

In the early 80's Preppies wore bermuda shorts, argyle socks, topsider shoes and Lacoste or Polo shirts.

At my school they usually listened to Spandau Ballet or Human League and dated cheerleader types, like Andrew Mcarthy in Pretty in Pink

I guess preppies were sort of like the soc's in S.E Hinton's the Outsiders, enemy of the greaser, punk whatever.

Usually Preppies came from money, weren't very well respected and where mostly white....sort of like republicans.

Hope that helps.

Adam..


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 833 times:

Preppies are "PREParing" to be yuppies (young upwardly-mobile professionals). Blue collar types typically resent this class. Thus, bad connotation.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineWhippy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 830 times:

C'mon...the only reason they are resented is jealousy!
You know that those blue collar bums secretly wish they were preppies too!
Go preppies and yuppies!!!!!


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 817 times:

I agree with you Whippy. I'm a full-fledged "guppie". (I'll let you figure out what that means)  


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 817 times:

gay upward ect.?

User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 809 times:

Check.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 811 times:

Dare I be swinging to the left (RE: other discussions in the chain) but TWFirst and Lax2000's comments just made me chuckle slightly. I don't know why - they just did.   By the way TWFirst: I'm finally back in the good ole US of A!!!

FLY DELTA JETS and sail UNITED STATES LINES



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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 798 times:

Great, just what the U.S. of A. needs: another conservative, right-wing, southern MattD supporter!!!!         

Hope your trip back was good.



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineAnzff From Australia, joined May 2000, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 789 times:

Maybe the phrase has different meanings in different places but I have never heard the phrase used to mean anything other than a style of dress(ing). Simply meaning well dressed, often (but not necessarily) in designer labels, tending not to wear jeans, often wearing collared shirt, etc.
I have never known the phrase to have any connotations, other than suggesting a latte-setter. Hence I'm happy to be described a preppy...


User currently offlineN863DA From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 48 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 792 times:

When I hear Preppy I guess I think of Zack from Saved by the Bell... blonde, slicked-back hair, tanned typical Florida kid... carrying a mobile phone, always using it, wearing cut-off jeans and never seen dead without gel in his hair.

That's what I associate Preppy to be. That said, I don't see it as too much of an insult.

FLY DELTA JETS and sail UNITED STATES LINES



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User currently offlineDerek H From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 782 times:

I think more and more the "preppy" style is comming in. At my school (which is public) guys are starting to dress up more, wearing name brands. We are falling out of that gangster, grunge type style. Abercrombie, Ralph Laren, etc. are very popular now. But it's not wearing collard shirts, its just dressing nice, i think...I guess then I am a preppy...

User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 780 times:

Hey Adam I used to listen to Spandau Ballet....! Did that make me preppy??? LOL Well, I DID wear Polo RL shirts to school (Long sleeve button up shirts, untucked, over jeans, with sperry topsiders [the leather ones] no socks, jeans kinda rolled up like.....kinda like Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles) but HEY HEY so what!?!? LOL hahahahaha

User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 774 times:

Oh my god Surf, we're the same person! Spandau Ballet... Flock of Seagulls... Thompson Twins... topsiders... Polo shirts. Boy, those were the days, weren't they? What's wrong with America's youth today?? 


Where did you grow up?



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 758 times:

I always think of Zach from "Saved By the Bell" too.
That term is never used at my school.

 


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 733 times:

At my old middle school (I'll be in High school in 2 days), preppy is the term used by the punk crowd to describe the wealthier and more popular crowd. I think it is out of jealousy, because all of the people with girlfriends at my old school were preppies.

User currently offlineTexairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 732 times:

I guess preppy is synonimous with "The Establishment". Who wants to be a part of that???

User currently offlineLax2000 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 727 times:

eeewwww grody!

Just joking. I was friends with lots of preppies. and my 8th grade girl friend was New Romantic. Remember that?
The eighth grade "82" was my transition from New Wave to Punk. I gave myself a Mohawk and started wearing mascara and subsequently got expelled from school. However I did go through a very brief "preppy" phase in 7th grade. I was also going to allot of
Bar mitzvahs at the time.

Adam


User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 722 times:

ewwww grody to the max, dude! A Mohawk??? New Romantic eh? Hahahaah, that would be very early Duran Duran and even Spandau. Like, oh mi-god!

User currently offlineCstarU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 721 times:

...fer sure. Valley Girl was actually a good movie. I think it had the same director as Fast Times At Ridgemont High--some chick, er woman. Good music by Modern English and Plimsouls...sorry to get off topic.

User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 716 times:

I think it was Mary Lambert, who also directed Madonna's "Like A Virgin" Video, on a side note.

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 721 times:

Yeah, the "preps" in my school were definitely the designer-type. Today they'd be wearing Compaigne Express, Structure, Abercrombie & Fitch, that kind of stuff. I agree about the khaki pants and collared shirts. The girls, though, were much more defined by wealth. Boys could be preps just by their clothes.
(I was not a prep...) I remember being absolutely crestfallen that this one guy I really liked suddenly "prepped up." He had been a really laid-back, kind, average-Joe kid and over the summer between his junior and senior years in high school he got clean-cut and started dressing prep! I couldn't believe it! And of course... he got new friends and I was crushed (in more ways than one)... Gawd, I feel like I'm back in high school just writing about him... He never said another word to me after his "transformation."
I'm going to go puke now.  



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineMx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 714 times:

TWFirst,

Oh my gawd! The 80's are just so memorable. Duran Duran, Culture Club, "Flock of Seaguls" (They were ugly.), Thompson Twins, Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, early Madonna - the list goes on and on.

I can remember demanding my mother buy my sister and I, look alike outfits like what Madonna wore in the film clip (video) of Lucky Star. Crucifix's, mesche shirts..

Does anyone remember Twisted Sister? Camp Glam Rock? Eeeeww!

mb


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 23, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 702 times:

COME ON FEEL THE NOISE!!!
GIRLS ROCK YOUR BOYS!!!
WE'LL GET WILD, WILD, WILD...


Does that answer your question??    


I was the biggest male Duran Duran fan in the universe.

Don't forget ABC, Depeche Mode, Dead Kennedys, Howard Jones, etc. etc.

Yes, the '80's... those were the days...  



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 702 times:

Oh crap, I just remembered "Come on feel the noise" was Quiet Riot, not Twisted Sister. What was I thinking??? Must be all the damage I did to my brain in undergrad.

What was Twisted Sister's big hit? I can't remember right now. Need more coffee.



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
25 Post contains images CstarU : My, how time flies...'80s retrospective already (come to think of it, been ten years since the decade ended). I prefer '70s music but the fashions got
26 Lax2000 : Were not gonna take it, NO! we ain't gonna take it, Wher not gonna take it anymore..ect. ect... Or: I wanna rock! "ROCK!" duh-duh-duh-duh, I want to R
27 TWFirst : Ah yes, the lyrics of lost youth..... sigh. Thanks.
28 CstarU : FYI "I wanna rock" was John Rocker's theme song, but Dee Snyder refused to allow it to be played anymore when Rocker runs up to the mound.
29 Redngold : Shout! Shout! Let it all out! These are the things I can do without! (like preps) redngold
30 TWFirst : Now come on, I'm talkin to you, come on.... Thanks for putting that in my head now. May you be haunted by memories of round horn-rimmed glasses, men i
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