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21:52 Oct 29, 2006
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English term or phrase: Preppy
In my opinion, the girl means "peppy" when she says "preppy". However, I've really seen the scene and she does say the "r". So, what does preppy mean here?


RACHEL: So, whaddya think George is like?

MONICA: I think he's shy.

PHOEBE: Yeah?

MONICA: Yeah. I think you have to draw him out. And then- when you do- he's a preppy animal.
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5 +6explained below
airmailrpl
5clean-cut, conformist, conservative
gioielli
4 +1rich kid
Kim Metzger
3prep school
NancyLynn
3scholastic/swot...
Marie-Hélène Hayles


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preppy
scholastic/swot...


Explanation:
Maybe it's ironic - an actual play on words. *even when* you manage to draw him out, he's still a swot...

You'll have to judge this interpretation against the film to see if it's plausible or not.

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Note added at 4 mins (2006-10-29 21:56:36 GMT)
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I mean listening out for tone of voice - does she sound sarcastic?

Marie-Hélène Hayles
Local time: 18:37
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 20
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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +6
preppy
explained below


Explanation:
Preppy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Preppy (also spelled preppie) is a chiefly American adjective or noun traditionally used to describe the characteristics of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) who attend or attended major private, secondary university-preparatory schools commonly associated with New England and the northeastern United States. These characteristics include particular subcultural speech, vocabulary, accent, dress, mannerisms, etiquette, and life view. In 1980, Lisa Birnbach wrote the Official Preppy Handbook, a tongue-in-cheek guide to what she termed "prepdom." The term "preppy" is similar in formation to hippie or yuppie, and had great currency in the 1970s and 1980s. The term first reached a wide audience in the 1970 film Love Story, where Ali MacGraw's character uses it as a derisive term of endearment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preppy

airmailrpl
Brazil
Local time: 13:37
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in category: 52

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Michael Barnett: That says it all.
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agree  David Knowles: As for "preppy animal" I think it's simply "preppy person", as in "social animal". No implication of brutish behavio(u)r.
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agree  juvera
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agree  Charlesp: nice explaination -you must be a teacher, and a patient one at that!
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agree  Sonia Gomes: Yes a beautiful explanation, remember Love Story, she used to call Oliver preppie !!!
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agree  xxxAlfa Trans
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preppy
prep school


Explanation:
preppy used to mean from a preparatory school for higher learning where bourgeois and nouveau riche go. Think Lacoste golf shirts and BMW... it's where yuppies got their education.

to preppy = prep-school style

NancyLynn
Canada
Local time: 12:37
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 48

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neutral  Charlesp: origional meaning
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preppy
rich kid


Explanation:
A preparatory school in the US is a private high school designed to prepare students for college/university. The students tend to be from rich families and wear expensive clothes.

preppy, preppie n adj :
by the neat and tidy (spendy) clothes, a tell-tale sign of a well-off, sheltered upbringing and conservative attitudes, ant. punk, goth.

http://www.peak.org/~jeremy/dictionary/dictionary/dictionary...

preppy or preppie
n. pl. preppies Informal
1. A student or former student of a preparatory school.
2. A person whose manner and dress are deemed typical of traditional preparatory schools.

Kim Metzger
Mexico
Local time: 11:37
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 36

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Michael Barnett: Yes, and the connotation is one not simply of affluence but of "old money". The clothes are expensive but not flashy - understated quality.
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preppy
clean-cut, conformist, conservative


Explanation:
in american english, someone preppy is usually someone who dresses very conservatively- wears khakis and polo shirts, has short hair, is very clean-cut, and is usually very conservative in their thinking. the term comes from students (high-school age) who attend prep (preparatory) schools- expensive, private boarding schools which prepare them to go on to ivy-league colleges or universities (princeton, yale, harvard, etc.)

gioielli
Italy
Local time: 18:37
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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