Elegant vs "upscale"

Cassiel C. MacAvity

    Two squared equals four is elegant.

    As an example of elegance, it is just one of an infinity of examples of the epitome of elegance.

    Two, plus nine, minus three, multiplied by three, plus another nine, divided by ten, plus one, equals four, is not elegant.

    When this latter contrived fiasco is plated in chrome, or gold, or platinum, when plated in all of them, when it is covered with rhinestones, or diamonds, when it and an accompanying costume are coated with a label or brand name, when fiasco and costume are followed about by a PR flack telling all of the resulting total and undeniable importance and desirability, when such are followed about by a lawyer ready to sue anyone noting the concatenation being ghastly and blatantly tacky, tasteless, and aspired to only by hipsters, as by the yuppys before them, and the preppys before them, then this latter has been descended to and is merely upscale.

    ---At a time of being home with a bug, and having already slept, I was back to being awake, I was fine, the body reported feeling insistently cold even when near a heater, as numerous bones ached, and the brain wandered randomly into Tacitus and got stuck, going Oooooohhhhh, Shiiiiiiinyyyyyy . . . . and then noticed the translation stating: Idque apud imperitos humanitas vocabatur, cum pars servitutis esset . . . . Translation: . . . Step by step they were led to things which dispose to vice, the lounge, the bath, the elegant banquet. All this in their ignorance they called civilisation, when it was but a part of their servitude. from http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Tacitus. And in noticing the translation, of course the immediate thought was that No, the correct word to describe that banquet is not elegant. The most elegant word is, unfortunately, and as always one cringes at its use, upscale.

    I was randomly reminded of " . . . solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant (they make a desert, and call it peace) . . . " and went looking for the original phrasing, and wandered from there.

    And when considering that absolute separation between and contrast of elegant vs upscale, one notes that as mass use goes, the difference there is rather in the same class as the immense and unbridgeable gulf between conservative (and centered, and reasoned, and questioning, and thoughtful, and considerate, and careful, and very fond of both Murphy's Law and Finagle's Law) and, on the other side of that unbridgeable gulf, the mere right wing (extremist lunatics absolutely mirroring and copying in opposition their exact counterparts in the opposing left wing gutter, as both sides equally fantasize a claim to want to be able to speak for everyone in entirety, particularly those between the two extremist gutters.)


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