Tacky is an informal expression, often associated with Southern usage, that refers to being lacking in style or good taste. Obviously, it is negative in implications, and should not be used lightly.
In the past several years, the bounds of good taste have gotten eroded; what used to be déclassé seems to have gotten quasi-acceptable, with perhaps this taking place in an accelerated fashion in 2016. Let's face it: we had a totally tacky election last year. One to be ashamed of. While I'm not enamored with the choice, the alternative was not so hot either. Not to make an excuse for DJT: his conduct is rude, crude, and unattractive.
But this in not the only the only thing. Rudeness is practiced widely. Insult and ridicule is now regarded as a foundation for humor. There's an eternal scrimmage for finding some fault or shame in some prominent figure's background, and exposing it with a vigor once reserved for the truly necessarily ugly realities of life. Try to imagine some lately notable figure who was in the meantime discovered to have modeled or posted a swimsuit selfie.....
Or downplaying real wrongs. Yes, I'm citing those failed shepherds, the bishops of the Catholic Church who ignored or played down the problem of priestly pedophiles. At least there is the comfort that the judgments of this world are not the final ones for these bed lice of religion!
To use an art metaphor with respect to this Tacky Shift: Claude Monet has been replaced by Ben Shahn; Antoine Watteau with Wassily Kadinsky.
Even sports has its tide of tackiness. Yes, the late hits, the obvious fouls, the doctoring of baseballs have been around. Now we have the spectacle of a former football coach of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons giving tips to their opponent, the University of Louisville Cardinals. Is there no loyalty left? I hereby declare this to be at least magnum tackiness, if not a real dick move on his part!
Or how about sports-themed lingerie?
And Cinnabun's Princess Leia post hit a tacky home run!
So what is still tacky?
Well, talking on a cell phone while eating or on a date fits the bill. The other diners or your escort deserve more.
Not to mention answering or calling someone on a cell phone while in a movie.
Anyone who uses or answers a phone while in amorous pursuits is heroically tacky! And even worse if it the offender tries to multitask. Talking on the phone during love-making truly sends a message and deserves no more of one of those activities!
Sorry! Buttocks, neck, or forehead tattoos are tacky, no matter where you graduated from prison or which set of boon companions you belong to.
Referring to any woman or girl as a donkey part is déclassé and uncouth; but especially if she is your mamma, maw-maw, daughter, wife, mistress, or sister. Get some breeding. Read a very basic etiquette book!
Each of us are allowed our first six years; but tantrums by older children, teens, or adults is tacky! There is no exemption to the rule for politicians, newspaper columnists, or sports figures despite what they might think.
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