(Closed) TACKY!!!

posted 8 years ago in Weddingbee
  • poll: Does tacky mean anything at all?
    No, it is a way overused word that has no meaning because anything can be tacky to somebody. : (9 votes)
    9 %
    It does have a meaning, but it is narrow (see below) and is way overused. : (17 votes)
    16 %
    I just don't like the word tacky, no matter the meaning, and think we should use other words. : (14 votes)
    13 %
    Yes, stuff is tacky, and though I bite my tongue, I see lots of tacky wedding stuff. : (65 votes)
    62 %
  • Post # 4
    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I agree with your usage of tacky. I also think that a lot of things labeled tacky, such as plastic forks, I would just think of as “cheap” which isn’t necessarily the same thing (and no offense meant to people who are using plastic utensils). I mean, it’s true–plastic forks are cheap, as are things like fake flowers (or cheaper, rather), beer/wine reception or cash bar, etc. I don’t think that these things are bad or that they would cast a bad light on the wedding, the same way that something “tacky” would–tacky being a stripper pole in the middle of the dance floor, for instance.

    Post # 5
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I disagree that the word is overused to the point of meaninglessness. Tacky can mean ugly, rude, or cheap. I grew up hearing this word a lot from my Southern mother who used it to describe pretty much that exactly – things that were rude, inappropriate, ugly, and/or inconsiderate. Tacky means a breach of etiquette. Since there is a megaton of etiquette, whether real or unwritten, in the wedding world, we use the word a lot.

    Post # 6
    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I love the word tacky : )

    Post # 8
    365 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I understand you not liking it especially when it is used a lot but I think they are using it right. I feel that it has many meanings. I looked it up and you think of it as number 4 which is right. Asking is plastic forks are tacky is like asking if it is tasteless or shabby in appearance.
    I think it is more of a personal opinion.
    –adjective,tack·i·er, tack·i·est.

    not tasteful or fashionable; dowdy.

    shabby in appearance; shoddy: a tacky, jerry-built housing development.

    crass; cheaply vulgar; tasteless; crude.

    gaudy; flashy; showy.



    Origin: 1880–85, Americanism; appar. identical with earlier tack(e)y small horse, pony, poor farmer; of obscure orig.

    Post # 9
    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think people are way too sensitive to the word tacky … I think that it is super overused, lots of things are referred to as “tacky” that I don’t think actually meet the definition (which according to marriam-webster is “not having or exhibiting good taste). I really don’t get too worked up if someone calls one of my wedding ideas tacky, because I think that “taste” is very individual and subjective, and shaped by culture, ethnicity, region, tradition etc. No one’s taste is exactly like another’s, and really, are we such experts that we can say that out “taste” is the true and right one?

    Post # 10
    348 posts
    Helper bee

    I’ll take a stab – I voted that I just don’t like the word, because I think it’s about judging people for class differences.  Not just differences in access to money now, but the cultural differences that result from growing up in a working-class community.  I think you are right that it’s truest meaning is to call out things that look cheap although they actually cost money – and I think that such comments are largely a way to police class boundaries, so that people who grew up privileged can keep that privilege.

    I have a running voice in my head that calls things tacky all the time, but I try not to let it out. 

    Post # 11
    5498 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I don’t like the word. It’s over used, and In My Humble Opinion very rude!

    Post # 13
    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think there are appropriate ways to use the word. I do not think using beer or wine, plastic cutlery or having a chocolate fountain are tacky…


    But I am in agreeance with monitajb — because I’m pretty sure that Kevin Federlines picture is next to TACKY in the dictionary…

    Post # 14
    1336 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    I don’t use it very much, but there is def some tackiness out there in my opinion, especially really gaudy stuff; example that Jordan chick from the UK, her dress/wedding was SUPER TACKY!!!  I agree though that the other smaller details, like plastic utensils at an outdoor wedding are not tacky; just a casual choice that makes sense to me. 

    Post # 15
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    i think tacky has a meaning all its own – and just because something is deemed tacky doesnt mean its cheap either. its a vibe it exudes. like… distasteful, off putting… well… tacky LOL

    to me its definately not overused, but i think some people use tacky incorrectly….

    edited to say im giggling now because im remembering princess bride when the dude keeps saying “INCONCIEVABLE!!!” and indigo says “you keep using that word, i do not think it means what you think it means…” hehehehehhee

    Post # 16
    1982 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I actually kind of like the word tacky. I want to know if something I’m doing could be considered that, because if my guests truly hated an element of my wedding, I wouldn’t do it. I am getting married for me, but I am having a wedding for them. 😉

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