“Laddish”

Adj. Immature in the ways young men are immature. A lad (or laddie) magazine is a publication, such as Maxim, nicely described on urbandictionary.com as “catering to oversexed braindead morons and featuring double-extra-soft porn (no actual nudity), gadgets, sports, cars and beer.” Google Ngram. Girls may find this band icky, and parents may wish it had some manners, but Blink 182 showers its fans with laddish love. (Ann Powers, New York Times, June 18, 1999)/And shame on us, really, for not being more on top of our buzz and getting the inside track on James Blake, but The Vaccines were really great – in a laddish, London’s Strokes kind of way – even if they did only play four songs. Hartford Advocate, March 17, 2011) 

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3 responses to ““Laddish”

  1. An even more recent example, from yesterday’s NY Times story about the cable channel Spike getting rid of its slogan (“Get Some Action”):

    >>The slogan is disappearing from Spike’s promotions and advertising, executives say, along with the more overt expressions of the so-called laddish behavior that the channel has celebrated.<<

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/business/media/29adco.html

  2. That quote actually inspired the post. Interesting that the writer used the qualifier “so-called,” indicating that the word isn’t yet fully absorbed into Amer-English.

  3. Note the use also of “missish” by Austen in P & P, in the book and in the BBC miniseries. Jane’s father asks her not to be too “missish” which I suppose means “overly prim.”

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