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    #1

    scruffy, dowdy, tacky

    Hi
    are there any differences between these words
    scruffy, dowdy and tacky
    when I translated them, it seems to be that all have the same meaning

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    Re: scruffy, dowdy, tacky

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Randa:

    I am replying because "tacky" ("in poor taste") is one of my favorite words. I certainly do NOT think that it is the same as "dowdy" or "scruffy."

    For example, when I take my walks and pass some beautiful houses, I occasionally see a sign on the front lawn that says, "Please pick up after your dog." [Plain English: If your dog uses our lawn as a toilet, pick up the results and place them in a bag.]

    To me, such a sign is really tacky. It lessens the dignity of a beautiful house and its lawn -- in my opinion.

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    #3

    Re: scruffy, dowdy, tacky

    They're not the same. Do you have a sentence/context in mind?

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    #4

    Re: scruffy, dowdy, tacky

    Scruffy refers to worn, even threadbare appearance in apparel and even in grooming.

    Dowdy means unfashionable, out-of-date, and really, never fashionable style.

    Tacky means unrefined, not up to standards.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: scruffy, dowdy, tacky

    Do you use the word "tacky" as a synonym for the word "sticky" nowadays?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: scruffy, dowdy, tacky

    Yes. Context will dictate whether the intended meaning is "sticky" or "tasteless/unrefined".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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