Sounds almost like a US sorority thing, but the “OFFENCE” screams UK, or possibly Australia… Canada?
(Which, By the way, ups the offensiveness of these brats ten-fold. Make no mistake: If some American girls posted to FB a costume depicting paper-doll people drowning in a tsunami, the international outrage would be front-page, Holmes).
Anyway, “fancy-dress themes” – any Brits want to explain?
If you’re going to go through with this shit AND post it on Facebook (believe it or not kids, you can do things in life and not post them), then sack up and don’t spent the whole post apologizing. You obviously knew this was wrong (hence the post with the pic) but you’re too much of an attention whore to NOT post it. As someone from NY, that’s what offends me more than the costume idea in the first place.
Frankie, when we Google “fancy dress,” we get pictures of brides and women in fancy dresses, and the occasional dude in a tux. Rational thought seemed to be easiest for me, though, even though I had never heard the term used in that way before.
Thanks Fat Tire, but I’m not actually from the UK. Just lived there for a few years, and was also confused when I first heard the term “fancy dress” to describe a party someone was throwing (in the winter, not in October).
Frankenstein seems confused, and appears not to realize that I was explaining the term to others rather than asking what it meant. I can forgive the confusion but not the condescending rudeness.
C’mon fellas, why can’t we all get along? Don’t let centuries of ill-advised colonialism be in vain!
I would like to know how American’s can be so f*cking ignorant?? Sure you use a different term, but the difference is: Brits (and everyone else) know both their own term AND the american equivalent….whereas americans don’t know anything that exists outside their own perfect continent. And they can’t seem to use their brains to work it out….”fancy dress” is pretty goddamn obvious. Come ON.
So, I don’t find this funny at all. I actually find it offensive. There’s no way this is cute or funny. 9/11 was a horrible day for this country. So many American’s lost their lives, including one of my own family members, so yes I strongly take offense to this.
Interesting, Rubyet, I just Googled “fancy dress,” and my first four results were two stores that sold formal gowns, a uniform shop, and an image gallery for formal gowns and tuxedos. It wasn’t until the 2nd page that I got any costumes.
Wow, souldancer. Dumb as Fucking toast. Let me spell it out for you in simple words that even you can understand:
The reason you know all of our expressions and we know few of yours is that 90% of your consumed entertainment is imported from the US. And the reason for that is because 90% of your manufactured entertainment is, well, to put it as nicely as possible: amateur-hour. Sure, some of it is good, but we have so much to consume over here we don’t get exposed to all of your 3rd-rate sitcoms to hear non-descriptive terms like “fancy dress.” Which, again, not to beat a dead horse but DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.
The word fancy means dressy,formal, high-class. In no way shape or form does “fancy dress” sound like throwing on some shitty, and in this particular case, highly offensive, half-assed costumes. I asked 3 Brits who work in the US what they call a party where people creatively dress in disguise and every single one said “costume party.” When pressed as to why they didn’t use your “totally obvious” term, they said something to the effect of “Oh yeah.. that’s true. I guess costume party just makes more sense.”
In summary, souldancer, you are an insufferable prick who can’t admit when you are wrong, and while we are by no means a perfect continent (kidding, Canada), you are in fact on an inbred island of arrogant arseholes who need to just get over over the fact that your empire long-ago collapsed, and answer a fucking question when someone asks you it without being a condescending piece of shit.