Saturday, July 14, 2007

Canadian Question, Harry P, Polka Dot Shoes

Question for my Canadian friends: To you, does “pouf” mean “having volume, being fluffy” or is it a slang term (possibly derogatory) for a gay man?

After I wrote the Big Poufy Victorian Dresses post, it occurred to me that someone British might be confused. I don’t think I have regular readers from the UK (aside from Ewe, but she’s lived all around the world, so she’d be familiar with the US usage), but I don’t know if the slang happens to carry over to Canada or not.

Related reflections: Not since I went to my first week-away-from-home Suzuki music camp in Kingston, Ontario when I was thirteen have I had so many Canadian friends. Thank you, blogosphere! I love hearing your perspectives and all about your year-long maternity leave. Someday, I’d love get back to Ontario and make a stop in Toronto Chinatown, where family friends used to pick up a special snack for me, one that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere since I was ten years old.

SwingDaddy and I went on a date last night! We went to see Harry Potter 5, which is the first movie I’ve seen in the theater since . . . um, Harry Potter 4. Yeah. Go us!

We really enjoyed the movie. It was my least favorite of the books, full of anger and a little rough around the edges, but the movie team did a good job bringing a story with a lot of internal turmoil into a visual medium. It’s also amazing to see how the child-now-teen actors have grown, both in craft and as people. I can’t wait to read #7, although I'm also dreading the end of a wonderful story.

I must admit to buying a pair of perfectly frivolous shoes. Black and white polka dots with red heels. For some people, this coloring might not go with anything, but for me, it matches my entire wardrobe!

I wore them to the Bastille Day Ball, where SwingDaddy and I taught French waltzes tonight, to match my red and black polka dot dress. Of course, there was also the choice of red and white polka dot dress, or black and white polka dot dress, but R&B seemed like the best fit for my mood.

Now I'm all set if I ever need heels to go with my bikini. I can't imagine an occasion where I'd need that, but it seems to happen to people in movies all the time. Thanks for playing witness to my loopiness, and to tpiglette for sending links to yet more polka dots.


bubandpie said...

I was aware of both meanings of "pouf," but in context, it would never occur to me to associate poufy Victorian dresses with the derogatory meaning of the word. Of course, if I were 12, it might be different.

Kimberly said...

bubandpie. We use both meanings, depending on context. I think "poufy" in the context of dresses makes it clear that the dress is incredibly fluffy, and does not imply that it's gay.

That's actually one of the cool things about being Canadian: most of us have a dual vocabulary that comprises both British and American slang.

Bob said...

Nice shoes, very pretty.

wayabetty said...

I can't wait to read the next Harry P book, but I also dread the end of the "era" too. I hope JK will write a "prequel" of Harry P. That would be cool, wouldn't it?!

And check you out Lady M! You be stylin' in those shoes!! I love it! My Fred Flinstones feet would never fit anything like that!

Lara said...

ack! LOVE! those shoes are amazing, and you're right in that they are just so perfect for you. dang, i'm feeling urges to go buy even more pairs of shoes now... :-P

mayberry said...

I declare that if the shoes match everything in your wardrobe, they just can't be frivolous!

Lady M said...

Thanks B&P and Kimberly. I figured that it might be the case that even someone who was accustomed to hearing the slang phrase would still be familiar with the older meaning, the way we know that "gay" means "happy" in older texts. However, some things diverge more - like "pissed" meaning drunk vs angry.

The shoes were remarkably comfy! Not as much as real dance shoes, but pretty darn good.

Sandra said...

Way late to the party (am baaaaad blog reader the last few months) but what snack is it from Chinatown? I work near Chinatown and may be able to scoot over there tomorrow on my lunch before we head on our road trip and then I can bring it for you :)

Oh and I only knew the fluffy meaning of poufy!