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What is a ダンディ?

k1llphilさん

2011/7/2516:50:17

What is a ダンディ?

ダンディ means "dandy" in English. This word is not used anymore. If I go to Wikipedia I see old pictures of men from 100 years ago.

Yet Japanese still use the word ダンディ. I saw someone say he is going to dress like one. What does this look like? It doesn't look like those pictures I saw in Wikipedia, right?

Someone said that Clint Eastwood was a dandy and 高倉健 was one, but why? They wear different kinds of clothes depending on what character they're playing. Does dandy have to do just with what clothes a person wears. Is there more to being a dandy then just what kind of clothes a person is wearing?

補足It's basically the way men are dressed in magazines like GQ, am I right?

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編集あり2011/7/2609:40:56

Come to think of it, we rarely see 'dandy' used in the English language these days except in Yankee Doodle lyrics.

The word "dandy" got a shift in meaning when it was adopted to the Japanese language as a loanword. To most Japanese people it means a mature, self-disciplined man with his own dress code. A tuxedo-clad spy who orders dry martini is ダンディ, so is a wandering ranger in a elven cloak who delivers Minas Tirith.

ダンディ is used somewhat interchangeably with 粋iki, although the latter refers to a traditional 江戸Edo lifestyle that shuns rigid formalities as 野暮yabo.

Although no specific type of clothing is really associated with ダンディ, the word does suggest a formal dressing style that was popular in 1880-1930, when things English were fashionable and Thomas Carlyle's ”Sartor Resartus” was a bestseller among intellectuals in Japan. So a stereotype ダンディ can dress himself like a gentleman in the Titanic movie or the Godfather.

>> It's basically the way men are dressed in magazines like GQ, am I right?
Yes, add to them a pinch of traditionalism, you get ダンディ a la Japonaise.

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2011/7/26 10:13:01

爆笑 It sounds almost like a guy in a leisure suit. Leisure Suit Larry lol!

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