Sunday, November 2, 2008

Feel Like A Little French List?

Because I just can't resist...and because you might want to practice your French...a new list in the vein of Stuff White People Like, Trucs De Bobos or Stuff Bobos Like
that is guaranteed to offend someone...somewhere.
Petite Brigitte Blog has the definition of Bobo
A fairly affluent or educated person who repudiates, denies, or rejects the background from which he or she comes and embraces that of another, most likely lower or less educated, socio-economic one so as to not appear snobbish. Bobos, from the French term “bourgeois bohémien” often graduate from private schools, live in hip, but somewhat sketchy neigbhorhoods, marry an ethnic or ‘other’to upset their parents, or espouse unconventional food or cultural traditions to prove that they are above their bourgeois upbringing. As soon as the going gets tough, however, their breeding will show, and they will watch your napkin placement and use at the dinner table.
and an example
Jack tries so hard. First he spent those three years digging latrines in Nicaragua with that exchange group until his Nana paid him to come home and go to SMU law. He is really quite a bobo. He married that Mexican women–she went to Dartmouth, and her uncle was president of Mexico, but now *he* is all about Mexican realness and is an ardent supporter of the Zapatistas and refuses to let their 2 yr old speak English. I heard that he had to recently go to Boston to attend a Raytheon shareholders meeting so that’s why he was buying suits at Brooks and got his beard trimmed
From the list #5 Les Tongs (flip flops)
Le bobo, quelque soit la saison, aime à avoir l’impression que Paris est un village, son vélo une charrette et ses graines de quinoa bio du foin. Le bobo a un rapport étrange à la ville, pourtant créée initialement comme un facilitateur d’échanges commerciaux, qui fait que lorsqu’il arrive au pouvoir, l’élu bobo tend à vouloir recréer artificiellement ce côté village. Ceci se traduit par des zones piétonnes, des plages sur les berges, et tout un tas d’éléments qui contribuent à compliquer le travail des gens non-bobos (lapalissade à vrai dire, un vrai bobo ne travaillant que très peu), allourdir les échanges de flux, et accessoirement ralentir l’activité de la cité.
And the Bobo Look has been all over the runways this season...Are fashion designers now looking to Rachel Zoe for inspiration?
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