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Preppy, also spelled preppie, is a chiefly North American adjective or noun traditionally used in relation to northeastern private university-preparatory schools, as well as those who attend some of America's prestigious private colleges and universities. These characteristics include particular subcultural speech, vocabulary, accent, dress, mannerisms, etiquette, and entitled (assuming privilege) life view. The term "preppy" is similar in formation to hippie or yuppie, and it had great currency in the 1970s and 1980s. The term first reached a wider audience in the 1970 film Love Story, where Ali MacGraw's character uses it as a derisive term of endearment. Image File history File links Wiktionary-logo-en. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... Map of the US northeast. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... In sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with a set of behaviors and beliefs, culture, which could be distinct or hidden, that differentiate them from the larger culture to which they belong. ... -1... For the British TV show, see Hippies (TV series). ... Yuppies (young urban professionals, young up and coming professionals or less commonly young upwardly-mobile professionals[1]) is a market segment whose consumers are characterized as self-reliant, financially secure individualists. ... Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal based on his 1970 best-selling novel, and directed by Arthur Hiller. ... Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe award winning American actress. ...

Rowing is a sport that is commonly associated with being preppy.

The associated verb prep is also is used as an abbreviation of prepared or attended secondary school. The more recent slang derivation prep has taken on an often derogatory meaning, associated not with any particular race, community or schools. In slang it is specially as used by young people, "prep" more generally denotes superficiality and preoccupation with appearance and wealth; see slang usage below. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1809x1206, 625 KB) The GB Pair (Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn) rowing at Henley Royal Regatta 2004. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1809x1206, 625 KB) The GB Pair (Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn) rowing at Henley Royal Regatta 2004. ... Look up Preppy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

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Since families that have children who go to preparatory schools usually have higher wealth than average, the word "preppy" is often used to describe the sets of characteristics and behaviors of the rich. Most describe them of stuck up, snobby, and rich. For the business meaning, see Wealth (economics). ... For the business meaning, see Wealth (economics). ...


More generally, preppies or preps are people who attended elite college preparatory schools, often boarding schools. Preps traditionally go on to some of the top U.S. colleges and universities. The Ten Schools Admissions Organization is a group formed more than forty years ago by prep schools in New England and the Mid-Atlantic on the basis of a number of common goals and traditions. ...


In fashion, the term "preppy" is associated not with dramatic designer fashions, but with classic and conservative clothing and accessory brands such as Brooks Brothers, J. Press, J.Crew, J. Mclaughlin, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, L.L. Bean, and Patagonia, among several others. An example of preppy attire would be a button-down Oxford cloth shirt, cuffed khakis, and cordovan loafers. Like the fashion of all modern decades, 1980s fashion in popular culture incorporated distinct trends from different eras. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... J. Press is a mens clothier in the United States. ... J.Crew is a fully integrated, multi-channel retailer specializing in mens, womens and childrens apparel and accessories. ... J.McLaughlin is an American clothing designer. ... Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) is American fashion designer Ralph Laurens luxury lifestyle company. ... This article is about the clothing company. ... Lilly Pulitzer (b. ... L.L. Bean is a retail and catalog company based in Freeport, Maine, specializing in outdoor equipment and clothing. ... Patagonia, as most commonly defined (in orange). ... Oxford refers to a type of weave employed to make the fabric in oxford shirts. ... Khaki is a common material in military uniforms Khaki is a type of fabric or the colour of such fabric. ... Cordovan shoe leather is regarded as one of the most luxurious and durable leathers available. ... Loafers or penny loafers are low, leather step-in shoes whose tops resemble a moccasin, but have broad flat heels. ...


"Where do you summer?" is a quintessential prep question, since a prep's vacation location is as important to his or her status as where he or she primarily lives. Locations tend to be predominately in the Northeast, but other warmer climates can serve as wintertime retreats. It is important to note that preps generally vacation at the same location year after year and often own real estate there. Vacations are an essential aspect of the authentic preppy way of life. Common, important and prestigious vacation and weekend spots include Newport, RI; Bar Harbor, ME; Palm Beach, FL; Hilton Head Island, SC; Millbrook, NY; The Hamptons, NY; Bald Head Island, NC; Kennebunkport, ME; Block Island, RI; Nantucket, MA; Cape Cod, MA; and Martha's Vineyard, MA. A side street in Newport, Rhode Island, showing the historic buildings near the waterfront Newport is a city located in Newport County, Rhode Island. ... This article or section should be merged with Bar Harbor (town), Maine Categories: Articles to be merged | Stub ... Palm Beach is a town located in Palm Beach County, Florida, 65 miles north of Miami. ... A view of the beach on the islands Port Royal plantation. ... Millbrook is a village in Dutchess County, New York, USA. The population was 1,429 at the 2000 census. ... “Hamptons” redirects here. ... Bald Head Island is a village located on the east side of the Cape Fear River in Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA on an island of the same name. ... Boats on the Kennebunk River between Kennebunk and Kennebunkport Kennebunkport is a town located in York County, Maine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nantucket is an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, formed of glacial moraine. ... Cape Cod and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastline Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space, April 1997. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ...


Slang usage

In recent years, young people have begun to use the term "preppy" to describe those who strive to appear better off financially or socially than others in a middle-class environment. Used in this manner, "preppy" is often applied contrary to the term's original meaning stated above, as the slang version most often describes publicly educated people absorbed in the middle-class hyper-materialistic pop culture pursuit of ostensibly quality-made goods sold at prices attainable by almost all Americans. As such, teenagers often apply this slang label to popular clothing not characteristic of "prepdom" such as Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Hollister, or Aéropostale or express. Also, the more popular students are often called "preppy" by others. These 'preppy' student are known to be athletic and outgoing. Popular culture, or pop culture, is the vernacular (peoples) culture that prevails in a modern society. ... Abercrombie & Fitch is a clothing company which operates an extensive chain of retail outlets, marketing casual clothing to young adults. ... American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO) is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... {{Abercrombie & Fitch brand Kathy Loves Hollister Co. ... This article is about a clothing company. ... Look up Express in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In 1980, Jewish-American author and private school—but not preparatory school—alumna Lisa Birnbach[1] edited the Official Preppy Handbook, a tongue-in-cheek guide to what she termed "prepdom." Though intended as satire, it is widely adhered to as a guidebook by those who embrace the latter interpretation of preppy fashion. American Jews, or Jewish Americans, are Jews who are American citizens or resident aliens. ... Cover of The Official Preppy Handbook The Official Preppy Handbook is a tongue-in-cheek reference guide edited by Lisa Birnbach; it describes an aspect of North American culture she styles as prepdom. ... Sarcasm is the making of remarks intended to mock the person referred to (who is normally the person addressed), a situation or thing. ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ...


Sports

Certain forms of sports are generally considered to be preppy. Some examples of the most widespread preppy sports include horseback riding, crew (rowing), tennis, rugby, lacrosse, sailing and squash. Participation in such events as the Head of the Charles and Henley Royal Regatta is considered to be very distinguished among those who participate. horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Look up rugby in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... For either of the songs named Sailing, see Sailing (song). ... Look up squash in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Kennedy School womens team outside the Weld Boathouse preparing to row the Head of the Charles in 1996, though that year the race was cancelled due to bad weather. ... A race taking place at Henley Regatta 2004 Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held every year on the river Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. ...


The following sports are commonly acknowledged as preppy sports:

horse, see Horse (disambiguation). ... This article is about the sport, which is distinguished from stage fencing and academic fencing (mensur). ... For other uses, see Polo (disambiguation). ... For either of the songs named Sailing, see Sailing (song). ... Swimmer redirects here. ... A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men, women and children in many countries around the world. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... Look up rugby in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cross-country skiing (skating style) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. ... This article is about the sport. ... Squash racquet and ball Players in a glass-backed squash court International Squash Singles Court, as specified by the World Squash Federation Squash is an indoor racquet sport that was formerly called Squash racquets, a reference to the squashable soft ball used in the game (compared with the harder ball... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the game. ... This article is about the sport. ... For the Smalltalk based 3D software platform, see Croquet project. ...

Drinks

The Official Preppy Handbook notes the Bloody Mary to be the favored mixed drink amongst preppies. Cover of The Official Preppy Handbook The Official Preppy Handbook is a tongue-in-cheek reference guide written by Lisa Birnbach as a parody of an aspect of North American culture she styles as prepdom. ... A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and usually other spices or flavorings such as Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, beef consomme or bouillon, horseradish, celery or celery salt, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice. ...


The following liquor brands were cited to be "preppy" in an unofficial sequel to The Official Preppy Handbook, Tipsy in Madras:

This article is about the beverage. ... For other uses, see Wine (disambiguation). ... A bottle of vermouth Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with aromatic herbs and spices (aromatized in the trade) using closely-guarded recipes (trade secrets). ... Vodka bottling machine, Shatskaya Vodka Shatsk, Russia Vodka (Polish: wódka, Russian: водка) is one of the worlds most popular distilled beverages. ... This article is about Champagne, the alcoholic beverage. ... Pimms is a brand of alcoholic beverages now owned by Diageo. ...

See also

Boston Brahmins, also called the First Families of Boston, are the class of New Englanders who claim hereditary and cultural descent from the English Protestants who founded the city of Boston, Massachusetts and settled New England. ... Boston College The Jesuit Ivy is a nickname given to Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. ... For other uses, see Ivy League (disambiguation). ... Little Ivies is a colloquialism referring to a group of small, selective[1] American colleges and universities; however, it does not denote any official organization. ... The Ivy Preparatory School League, like the Ivy League for universities, was originally an athletic conference, not a scholastic one, for preparatory schools. ... A university-preparatory school or college-preparatory school (usually abbreviated to preparatory school, college prep school, or prep school) is a private secondary school designed to prepare a student for higher education. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Whit Stillman (born John Whitney Stillman on January 25, 1952 in New York City) is a writer-director known for his sly depictions of the urban haute bourgeoisie. He has to date filmed three comedies of manners (or comedies of mannerlessness): Metropolitan (1990), Barcelona (1994), and The Last Days of... Screenwriters, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies are made. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... Bourgeois redirects here. ...

References

  1. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE5DB1F3BF93AA25754C0A961948260 Lisa Birnbach New York Times marriage (reference for biographical information)

External links

  • How to look preppy
  • NY Times article: We're All Preppies Now
  • NY Times article: Pink Shirts Welcome
  • Plaid Taste: The Return of the Preppy

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