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If someone is wearing some fashion out of date, we usually tease him or her by saying "He's countrified"
How do you say something out of date or worse quality that seems to fit rural people or a hillbilly?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rural things as inferior to urban things, that's why we use "countryside or countrified" to tease something or someone out of date.
A: Look at him, isn't he handsome?
B: Yes, he is. But he's behind the times.
A: You mean his hair style?
B: Not only hair style, he's also wearing 80's style fashion.
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.
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.
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.