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Some women who work in the same building as I were discussing personal styles of dress. One of them told me my style was to be ridiculously overdressed.

I hope your day is going as well...

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Well, considering the political tone, I shall refrain from observing that's a marvelous opportunity to suggest being mutually less so! :D

Edit: Translation as filtered through the female psyche: "Hey guy, you're makin' me look bad! :mad:"
 

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Apparently so, but then this is rural Indiana. Not that I see many others (outside of my firm's offices) wearing suits, but perhaps what I routinely wear that is bit different are suits with contrasting vests such as a black or navy suit with a grey vest. My Norwegian wife calls it the 1930's diplomat look. As simple as that is, it seems to be a look people around here associate with wealth and the upper classes. It's fine with me for them to think whatever they wish. I rather doubt I'll ever think of being accused of overdressing as anything but a compliment...

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Well, the Japanese word does come from the Latin for time, via Portuguese.
Interesting language; I recently learned that during the Taisho Era, a women's movement emerged during which young women became more westernized as typified by the concept of the "modern girl." This term was then evidently incorporated into Japanese as Modan Garu.
 

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The story goes that Japanese suffered from a linguistic bottleneck - that is, the founding group of people from whence Japanese originally arose was small and hence the "authentic Japanese" vocabulary is itself small. Consequently importing words from foreign languages is both necessary and unremarkable.

The results nonetheless amuse - e.g., "sarariman" = "salaryman" or white-collar worker; "esukareta" = "escalator", etc. There was a London Japanese newssheet called the "London Dayori" - "dayori" being the transliteration into English of the transliteration into Japanese of the word "diary". When I worked in Tokyo for a couple of months in 1987, my regular order at the local coffee shop was "espressu larju tekato" with a shot of "miruku". And years later, I heard a women at the next table asking the waiter for an "apuru jusu".

Finally, "karaoke" has two phonemes, "kara-" meaning "empty" as in "karate" - "empty hand", and "-oke" from...orchestra.
Thank you! I find that fascinating. I've always had an interest in etymology, as I've enjoyed language. And I also enjoy history, and etymology is combination of both. I've long heard language described as the repository of culture, sometimes rising to even being culture, and etymology is a key to unlocking an understanding of the mind behind it.
 

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I don't know about toxic masculinity but a man that's well dressed by this forum's standards does, IMO, exude an air of masculinity and power. I know my experiences are different than yours. I mean, I'm pretty certain that if I were to have a discussion with a woman about the level of formality of clothes it would not be taken the wrong way. Not sure how that would work out for others though.
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