Re: RARA-AVIS: OT: Language and Dress

From: Duane Spurlock (
Date: 25 Mar 2005

--- Joy Matkowski <> wrote:
> Fedoras were left behind in 1960. JFK went hatless,
> and suddenly men's hats
> were so 1950s. Judging by photographs, men used to
> wear suits to the pool
> hall.
> As far as language, I grew up in a mean
> blue-collar town in the 1960s,
> and the strongest language I heard (or read) into my
> 20s was "hell" and
> "damn." I attribute the change in what I heard to
> moving to Philly and
> marrying a Two-Streeter.
> Joy
> John Lau wrote:
> > that's where it's at, my friends. Jacks
> attributes it to returning
> > Vietnam
> > vets. I believe it is much more closely tied to
> the cultural revolution
> > of
> > the 60s. people started dressing a lot less
> formally as a result as
> > well.
> > nowadays, if you see a guy in a Fedora, it's an
> affectation

The new KOJAK TV series (starring Ving Rhames) has a website. And whole sections of the site are devoted to his fedora and suits.

I'll paraphrase: if you see a guy with a lollipop, it's an affectation.

- Duane Spurlock

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