modesto2
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Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 7:41 am

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.
 
lax2000
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 8:36 am

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..
 
TWFirst
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 8:43 am

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.
 
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 10:42 am

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!!!!!
 
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 11:26 am

I agree with you Whippy. I'm a full-fledged "guppie". (I'll let you figure out what that means)  
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lax2000
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 11:57 am

gay upward ect.?
 
TWFirst
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RE: Lax2000

Sat Aug 12, 2000 12:06 pm

Check.
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 12:11 pm

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!!!

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RE: N863DA

Sat Aug 12, 2000 12:25 pm

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

Hope your trip back was good.
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anzff
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 12:28 pm

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...
 
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 12:31 pm

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.

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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 2:22 pm

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...
 
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RE: Preppy

Sat Aug 12, 2000 2:31 pm

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
 
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RE: Surf

Sat Aug 12, 2000 2:51 pm

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?? 


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777YYC
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RE: Preppy

Mon Aug 14, 2000 11:10 am

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

 
 
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RE: Preppy

Mon Aug 14, 2000 4:17 pm

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.
 
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RE: Preppy

Mon Aug 14, 2000 11:22 pm

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

Tue Aug 15, 2000 4:27 am

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
 
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RE: Preppy

Tue Aug 15, 2000 5:35 am

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!
 
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RE: Preppy

Tue Aug 15, 2000 6:05 am

...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.
 
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RE: Preppy

Tue Aug 15, 2000 7:29 am

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

Tue Aug 15, 2000 7:30 am

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.  
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RE: Preppy

Tue Aug 15, 2000 9:26 am

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
 
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RE: Mx5_boy

Tue Aug 15, 2000 11:22 pm

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...  
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RE: Damaged Brain Cells

Tue Aug 15, 2000 11:41 pm

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.
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RE: 70s & 80s

Wed Aug 16, 2000 1:29 am

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 to go...I remember wearing a leisure suit for my 8th grade graduation. 
 
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Twisted Sister

Wed Aug 16, 2000 3:19 am

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 Rock! ect. ect.

Adam.

 
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RE: Lax2000

Wed Aug 16, 2000 3:25 am

Ah yes, the lyrics of lost youth..... sigh.

Thanks.
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RE: Twisted Sister

Wed Aug 16, 2000 3:32 am

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.
 
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RE: Preppy

Wed Aug 16, 2000 6:11 am

Shout! Shout! Let it all out! These are the things I can do without!
(like preps)

redngold
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RE: Brown 'n Orange

Wed Aug 16, 2000 6:23 am

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 in pink polo shirts, and Wang Chung.
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