foo foo coffee

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Nov 30 22:57:59 UTC 2013

At 11/30/2013 05:11 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
>I've always used "frou-frou" for unnecessarily fancy, even
>high-fallutin' stuff.

So have I (but rarely). It's sort-of in OED2, but there's no modified
meaning for the figurative use, just a passing on by default of the
literal definition, "A rustling, esp. the rustling of a dress."

>All of the semantics in the Urban Dictionary
>passage apply.
>On 11/30/13 5:07 PM, Spanbock/Svoboda-Spanbock wrote:
>>My family has been using the term for many years, although I'm not
>>clear about the volleyball comment or the pink capri pants.
>>However, a ruffled silk blouse, worn by anyone other than Sophia
>>Loren, would qualify.
>>No idea sure where it came from.

The a-rhotic (I can't figure out whether "non-rhotic" applies to
this).  Or those who substitute W for R (does Sandy Schoenthaler
sound like Baba-a Wawa?).


>>On Nov 30, 2013, at 1:54 PM, Dan Goodman wrote:
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>>>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>>Poster:       Dan Goodman <dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM>
>>>Subject:      foo foo coffee
>>>Anything other than straight black coffee is considered "foo foo," said
>>>Sandy Schoenthaler, Taher's regional manager.
>>>Urban Dictionary has this.  Looks like it's a fairly new term.
>>>1. Foofoo
>>>Adjective used to describe anything that is just a little to frilly,
>>>fancy, or "upper crust". Things that are foofoo might also be a bit on
>>>the delicate side, or too elegant by half, or even offensively fruity.
>>>Spoiled little lap-dogs, $1000 designer handbags, and pink capri pants
>>>worn by men all qualify as foofoo. Volleyball, a lightweight game - not
>>>a "sport" - played by athletic girls and openly gay men, does not
>>>qualify as foofoo.
>>>"I just saw Mrs. Vanderbilt buying a Gucci sweater for her poodle. The
>>>whole scene was so foofoo."
>>>by Corralejo99000 May 28, 2013
>>>Dan Goodman
>>>Whatever you wish for me, may you have twice as much.
>>>The American Dialect Society -
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