Ask General Kang: Is there anything wrong with using the word ‘sartorial’?

Ask General KangYou probably get a lot of funny looks when you employ that adjective.

Some of the looks are from borderline homophobes, who believe that you’d have to be a little too effeminate to be interested in men’s clothing. You can ignore them and their loafer-lightening prejudices.

A large contingent will not know what you mean, or are your fellow-travelers: pseudo intellectuals who falsely believe that ‘sartorial’ has something to do with Jean Paul Satre, and his existential philosophy. The funny look you’re seeing from the them is a simulacrum of understanding, masking their confusion.

The last group will know that many people will not understand the word. They are looking at you strangely because they think you’re a pretentious wanker.

You will find an hirsute, out-of-work intergalactic overlord with questionable tastes in his own clothes among that latter crowd.

Next time: If I use the word simulacrum, does that make me a pretentious wanker?

You will find nary a pretentious wanker here, nor even a simulacrum of one. Originally published in July, 2008 and appears now in Pirate Therapy and Other Cures.

5 thoughts on “Ask General Kang: Is there anything wrong with using the word ‘sartorial’?

  1. Look, Rickey enjoys referring to people whose fashion sense can be be described as a “sartorial nightmare.” If Rickey can’t use that phrase then Rickey no longer wants to blog.

  2. Sartorial was the word of the day over at dictionary.com on Monday April 28, 2003. I know this because I had to google the word, sartorial.