(Closed) Do you avoid the word ‘tacky’?

posted 7 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
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3576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you had an instance where someone used this while speaking with you? Personally, I don’t find it hurtful unless someone is purposely attempting to be snarky and use it with some tone.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I avoid it! I think I might have used it to describe that picture with the girl whose dress isn’t covering like *any* of her chest but I might have just thought it in my head :). I think it’s hurtful and not necessary.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m gulity of using this word. I didn’t realize how hurtful it was until my fiance at the time pointed it out. I was referring to an idea his mom had for the wedding. The first time I used it, he let it go or snickered a bit, but after I used it twice more he said “That’s not really cool that you call my family tacky”

I apologized.

But in my defence her idea was super tacky !

OP – did someone hurt you?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hate it because it’s like the number one word in my mom’s vocabulary. Everything is “tacky”. She uses it to describe anything she doesn’t like, just like you posted above “Especially when it is constantly used for everything under the sun, most of which it doesn’t apply to.”

I’ve posted this before, but I had a supervisor that use to call me out in a passive-aggressive manner and would say things like she thought “tramp stamps” were tacky knowing damn well I have one (I HATE it and am NOT proud of it). Everytime I hear someone say “tacky” I can imagine her little rat face all scrunched up and hear her voice. Ugh!

Post # 7
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5273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

On the Bee, yes. In real life, no. 🙂

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not a huge fan of the word tacky, I feel like there are better ways to say what you want to say without being hurtful.

Tacky (adjective): Not tasteful or fashionable; shabby in appearance; crass, cheaply vulgar, tasteless, crude; gaudy flashy or showy.

It’s not the nicest word out there.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My first names rhymes with tacky. So I never liked getting called that as a kid.

It’s not part of my regular vocab. But I would probably use it when discussing something with someone I knew had similar opinions as me. With people I didn’t know well, definitely not! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@jedeve: "It’s not part of my regular vocab."

Same. I reserve it for my inner monologue. 😉

Post # 11
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2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you avoid the word ‘tacky’?

like the plague!

 

eta: there are so many good (and more tactful/appropriate) adjctives to use!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yeah, I try to avoid it, unless I’m just absolutely sure that I must say “tacky.” I think it’s overused and even misused a lot. 

Post # 13
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336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t ever use it here, but in real life… Oh, yes. 

On Weddingbee, it seems that no matter what you say these days, you’ll piss someone off. I’m not about to take that risk and use the word tacky. I can just imagine. Ack.

Post # 14
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514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I dont use the word but my definition would be something not tasteful like writing please give cash gifts only on a wedding invitiation (just an example). I hate when people use it to describe what is not their personal taste because not liking something doesn’t make it wrong-just wrong for you.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@stillme: True. I will use it when referring to the stickiness of putty.

Hmm. I wish this putty was tackier so it would stick better. 🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If somethings tacky, I say it’s tacky. I dont have an issue with the word whatsoever. I’ve had someone tell me that an idea I had for my wedding was tacky but I certainly was not offended by the statement. It’s just a word, I don’t get why people let it bother them. There are MUCH worse things to be called, IMO.

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