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preppy

sylish in a rich white way, like the rich boys that go to "prep school"

Country Code:GB
Submitted February 17th, 2004 by: Anonymous

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Rich and white? Why does someone have to be rich and WHITE to be preppy? Comment by: Anonymous    Rated:1/5
yeah really why you have to be white and rich .. RACISIT!!! Comment by: non ur business   
I wonder if you'd be so offended if someone defined a 'homeboy' as a black urban youth-y'know, the prep definition just happens to be historically accurate,so just b/c a person describes something that certain people have generally not been a part of, but- it seems from your reply-you WISH they had been a part of, doesn't make them a racist. Take it easy, for Pete's sake. Comment by: Prep school grad   
well i certainly agree. i know lots of preppy people and they are all white. but it's a fact and it doesnt make me racist. most people do assume preppies do be white people. Comment by: Luna Halkett   
I didn't notice anyone really dealing with the class piece, and the preppy designation certainly relates to class. So if this is the case then there would be very few working class or poor European Americans fitting the stereotype. I guess I wonder what do Brits term as "Poor White Trash" or Rednecks? Comment by: JoAnne   
Get over it guys, it says in a rich white way! It doens't say that you need to be white to be rich. It's more of a private catholic school-gossip girl kinda word= Preppy. So get over the colour of your skin bitches, no one cares. It's your attitude what matters! (I'm not white btw). Comment by: R    Rated:5/5
You're right R....what a bunch of "nimrods LOL! "Rich, white way" is pretty accurate. How is that racist? It's a slang term typically used to refer to white folk. Good od, some people just look for a reason to get their panties twisted. "OMG! Did they say "white"? RACIST!" WTF? Comment by: J   
ive heard the word over 'er in the u.s Comment by: rag    Rated:3/5
Preppy = adjective. Prep(s) = the person Also called Sosh/Soshes. (long O sound -no idea how to spell it) ie socialite. Comment by: Kathy   
Well, in America, preppy originated from people on the East coast who attend elite boarding schools. These people are traditionally rich WASP's (White Anglo Saxon Protestants). So rich and white is an accurate description. Comment by: hushpuppy22    Rated:3/5
yeah white people arent the only ones ho are preppy, i mean come on! Comment by: soccerbby   
Lolololol. Comment by: HethaHorrific   
It's "Wealthy Anglo Saxon Protestant" It's just redundant the other way, isn't it? Regardless, preppy describes someone who is spoiled and concerned very much with their image...which is reflected in the clothing they wear. It is originally from white culture. So there is no harm in stating that fact. Comment by: Doug    Rated:5/5
Socialite abbreviation sounding like "sosh" is spelled S O C...... Comment by: Cindy Finch-Mass   
I wouldn't count this as British Slang. Preppy is a clique in High School- with the same meaning. Comment by: :)   
Hey I'm British and I have never heard anybody use this word over here! I thought it was a American slang word!!! Over here we would probably call someone a hooray henry rather than preppy! Also in reponse to a previous post we call our versions of white trash or rednecks, chavs. Comment by: Holly    Rated:3/5
Hey I'm British and I have never heard anybody use this word over here! I thought it was a American slang word!!! Over here we would probably call someone a hooray henry rather than preppy! Also in reponse to a previous post we call our versions of white trash or rednecks, chavs. Comment by: Holly    Rated:3/5
hurray for white people! Comment by: anonymous    Rated:5/5
Have any of you considered the fact that they might mean "white-collar?" It's always a possibility. --By the way, some of you guys need to calm down. Just because the definition refers to white people doesn't mean whoever wrote this is racist. Just calm down and handle it like adults. Comment by: The Other Person   
And Don't forget Black and White isn't the only racial color.... Comment by: JayDee    Rated:4/5
And Don't forget Black and White isn't the only racial color.... Comment by: JayDee    Rated:4/5
I don't know why this term is in the "British-English" listings. I'm almost positive it originated in the States. ("Prep schools" (US) are like "public schools" in the UK (Eton, etc.).) While it's true that the term strongly implies whiteness (& non-white preppies are rare) it's not an automatic requirement. If anything, it's the preppies themselves, and not the ones calling them that, who are (not necessarily, but often) racists. The term itself is no more racist than, say, "brother," only it's used in a less serious, more playful, fashion. Another thing about preppies, besides going to "prep school" (kind of like UK "public school," like Eton - in the States, a "public school" is a state school), a lot of them, at least in the older generations, are "legacies" - that is they got admitted to a particular school because Daddy went there, independent of any qualifications they may have had (or not). Most of the better schools claim to have stopped doing this, but when I was applying to universities (not so very long ago), the Ivy Leagues still asked on the application if you had any relatives who were alums. (All-white country clubs are another example of a "preppy" institution.) Preppies are not "stylish." For example, they don't dress fashionably, but conservatively. You know those tennis shirts with the little alligator logo? Those are considered ultra-preppy. And speaking of conservative, preppies tend to be Republicans - a group containing *very* few non-whites. (Occasionally, when right-wing politicians in the US are under pressure to demonstrate that they're not as racist as everybody knows they are, they find themselves a token Black, somebody like Colin Powell or Condoleeza Rice or Clarence "Uncle" Thomas. I'm not sure if these particular individuals fit the overall "preppy" stereotype, but the (white) former leaders who appointed them definitely do.) Comment by: Meg   
poor white trash (opposite of preppy) would be chav. Comment by: Bryce   
An accurate, but simple description. It's used in the U.S. too. The term comes from the class of people who would go to Prep school. Rich white people. However, the definition has changed to include anyone who dresses in expensive conservative clothing and/or is a scholastic/social over achiever. Comment by: Jessi    Rated:4/5
we say this in america too, well some what Comment by: Serendip Visitor   
Study this Video: Al Yankovic - "White and Nerdy" Comment by: Freeman Z   
In the US, I know plenty of preppy kids that are not white. However, some of these same kids are the ones that are oft accused of "acting white" or "turning vanilla" by their more 'gangsta' peers. Preppy latinos and blacks seem to get told this a lot , but it's rare to hear a preppy Asian or South Asian or Persian being told they're acting white by being preppy. (Maybe because nearly all of those kids in my hood ARE preps.) - SoCal Comment by: burnt toast   

 
 

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