What Am I? The Dandy Word-Association Poll

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Halfway through dressing for last night’s New York book-signing party for Callahan & Adams’ “I Am Dandy,” it occurred to me that the evening would present a rare congregation of people with the word “dandy” on their minds.

So when I arrived to the sound of Dandy Wellington & His Band serenading the packed crowd, I took out my notebook and began chronicling guest responses to the following question:

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “dandy”?

The results were rather fascinating.

A few respondents immediately thought of individuals (none of them Brummell). Others thought of qualities they association with a dandy, making it clear that the legacy of “dandy,” in both word and concept, is that of the butterfly variety, clad in a kind of snazzy anachronism. Others still chose specific items of clothing they felt symbolically represented the word. Hardly anyone responded with a personality trait or an abstract concept, showing that in the minds of most “dandy” is something visible and sartorial.

Most of the responses are anonymous, though a few are credited to sitters in the book, many of whom were in attendance.

Finally, while I have not invented responses, I have taken the liberty of organizing them into small clusters for your entertainment. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD

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“Eccentric”

“Fedora”

“Peacock”

“Flamboyance”

 

“Bold”

“Elegant”

“Expressive”

“England”

 

“Chic”

“Sophisticated”

“Boutonniere”

“Opulence”

 

“Fabulous”

“Hamish Bowles”

“Purple”

“Fashion”

 

“Swell”

“Fine and dandy”

“Bow tie”

“Color”

 

“Spiffy”

“Yankee Doodle”

“Spectator shoes”

 

“Foppish”

“Rebel”

“Lord Byron”

 

“Fancy”

“Unique”

“Oscar Wilde”

 

“Pretty”

“Light in the loafers”

“Quentin Crisp”

 

“Dapper”

“Prepared”

“Dr. Andre Churchwell”

 

“Clotheshorse”

“Money”

“Tailoring bills” — Ed Hayes

 

“Patrick McDonald”

“Plaid suit”

“Furs and velvet”

“Others may think is weird”

 

“Waxed mustache”

“Vest and pocket watch”

“Retirement” — Lord Whimsy

“Flowers”

 

“Where do I begin?”

“Complicated”

“A million meanings”

“Style, and perhaps too much of it” — Robert Bryan

 

“I don’t wish to be quoted on Dandyism.net. Not a fan.”

“[inaudible]” — Mr. Burton

“Oh, man….” — Dandy Wellington

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3 Responses to “What Am I? The Dandy Word-Association Poll”

  1. Michael Mattis Says:

    That’s funny.

  2. leonard roger gresham jr Says:

    Greetings Gents! When I think of the word “dandy” I immediately associate it with flair in fashion, witty, unique view of the world and most certainly; well read! Old fashion but in the positive. A fondness for what’s old and a newness of mind in what is fashionable!

  3. JED Hunkin Says:

    It must have been a real woofters’ convention!

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