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    behind the times

    If someone is wearing some fashion out of date, we usually tease him or her by saying "He's countrified"
    How do you say something out of date or worse quality that seems to fit rural people or a hillbilly?

    I don't know if "behind the times" is common and proper in this example here. Do native speakers also have the notion that rural things are worse than urban things? We Koreans tend to regard rural things as inferior to urban things, that's why we use "countryside or countrified" to tease something or someone out of date.

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    A: Look at him, isn't he handsome?
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    A: You mean his hair style?
    B: Not only hair style, he's also wearing 80's style fashion.

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    #2

    Re: behind the times

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If someone is wearing some fashion out of date, we usually tease him or her by saying "He's countrified"
    I've not heard the word used in that way.

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    Re: behind the times

    We might use the word "rustic" in this situation. It would imply from the country, unsophisticated, lacking in refinement.

    However, this can be a double-edged situation. If articles such as fruit bowls, breadboards, or indeed the entire decoration of a room is "rustic", this is seen as a good thing, as in this case it means wholesome, simple, back-to-nature.

    "Bucolic" is another word that you'll find in novels to describe people from the country, although not necessarily their attire.

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    Re: behind the times

    (Do you know how badly I want some nice, rustic, thick-crusted peasant bread now? Thanks for that!)

    He looks like a throw-back to the 60s/80s/etc.

    To be honest, unless someone had as a mullet and a Members-Only jacket, or an add-a-bead necklace, I wouldn't know they weren't in style today.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: behind the times

    Thanks a lot! What about "countrified" or "tacky"? I seem to have heard it in a Canadian soap opera when I was in Canada.
    Last edited by keannu; 19-Nov-2012 at 23:40.

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