Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Because I'm a nerd and you love me!

I was walking out the door this morning and my mom told me I looked dapper. I told her that dapper is only used in reference to men. Now...here's the dorky part of me coming out. All day long I've been wondering what the actual, technical, dictionary definition is and if there is any reference to gender. So...I, being the increadibly amazing and cool person that I am, looked it up. Turns out that there is not any specific gender reference in the definition...HOWEVER, all of the examples of usage had male pronouns. So while there is no gender associated with the word officially, common usage and cultural norms have given the word a male connotation. So in an attempt to better the vocabulary of the general population here is the technical, dictionary definition of "dapper". Learn it. Use it. Love it.


dapper: adj.
1. Neatly dressed, trim
2. Very stylish in dress
3. Lively and alert
4. Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

3 comments:

Ash said...

Wow! Was it Rowland Hall St. Marks that did that to us?!? Dictionary.com is one of my favorite sites... and yes to both... we are nerds and I love you!!!

Wendy said...

Sound like something I would have done! I always want to buy books about proper grammar, punctuation and word usage, but end up just standing there reading them for 20 minutes and putting them back. I'm glad to know there's another nerd in the vicinity.

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