Have you noticed the frequency with which things are described as “renaissance”, “vintage” or “antique” when they are really just worn out and old?
For example, I am currently riding the Canadian Rails to Ottawa on board a Via “Renaissance” train:
Lovely modern seat right? I’m also fairly certain I’ve contracted some sort of Black Lung from the mildew on the accordion blinds. Not pictured: arm rests so worn out you can see inside the chair.
I guess I can see the charm in calling something Renaissance, instead of the “old model” though.
HOWEVER, what I completely don’t understand is using these terms in the wrong setting – say a lingerie store.
I was out purchasing some undies at lunch (not because I need them, but because I forgot to pack them) and I saw an ad in the store for “Neon Vintage Lace” bras. I’m sorry, what??
I’m pretty sure there is a limit on the amount of truly Vintage items available in neon. Also, what do they mean by “vintage lace”? Is it old lace? Would I want that on my bra? Or does it just look old? Who would want that either.
Clearly, I’m over analyzing – but it bugs me when people use a thesaurus just to avoid using accurate terms:
Renaissance Train = Shitty Old and Likely Pulled Back From Retirement
Neon Vintage Lace = Cheap Cotton in Various Shades of Pink
Premature Curmudgeon = Nancy Francis