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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (1 of 9), Read 104 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999 09:02 AM

Marylou Arnault, of Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., writes: "Every so often I want to say that something is 'classy' -- but that's such a declasse word that it's practically an oxymoron. 'Elegant' and 'stylish' aren't really what I mean, and 'tony' sounds phony. Any ideas?"

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (2 of 9), Read 98 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Michael Fischer (tsuwm@aol.com)
Date: Thursday, October 14, 1999 11:18 AM

well, since you seem to like declasse,
how about recherche?

today's wwftd is...

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (3 of 9), Read 86 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Dorothy Glantz (dml.glantz@swipnet.se)
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 02:22 PM

Yeah, I know. James Cagney always brought his broads to a classy joint.... The problem comes up when I want to exchange 'joint' for 'restaurant': I still get the James Cagney image. You could go anywhere with this one- luxurious, fancy, elegant, stylish, upmarket, and posh, for example. It would depend on what you're talking about, I think. Sitting in my not-so-plush office, Dorothy

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (4 of 9), Read 74 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Royce Alden (royce2000@yahoo)
Date: Saturday, October 16, 1999 11:59 PM

mmmmmm how about deliciously "plummy" ?

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (5 of 9), Read 47 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 05:11 AM

I think I understand what she doesn't want to say. I'd like to know more about what she does want to say.

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (6 of 9), Read 50 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Tami Tanoue (grifftan@msn.com)
Date: Sunday, October 24, 1999 11:11 AM

Posh?

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (7 of 9), Read 25 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Corners (barbarjo@pacbell.com)
Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 09:07 AM

bitchin' way cool, A#1--as usual the exact right word would depend upon context.

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (8 of 9), Read 17 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Jamie Atkinson (jka7@axe.humboldt.com)
Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 04:50 PM

I've always liked "snazzy".

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Topic: 4) Top-drawer (9 of 9), Read 12 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Matt Swift (swift@alum.mit.edu)
Date: Tuesday, November 02, 1999 05:25 PM

On 10/14/99 9:02:38 AM, Barbara Wallraff wrote:
>Marylou Arnault, of
>Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., writes:
>"Every so often I want to say
>that something is 'classy' --
>but that's such a declasse
>word that it's practically an
>oxymoron. 'Elegant' and
>'stylish' aren't really what I
>mean, and 'tony' sounds phony.
>Any ideas?"

`the bomb'

only works as predicate nominative, not as attributive adjective




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