Meaning of TACK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ̈ɪtæk ]

noun (Lifestyle and Leisure) In slang: gaudy or shoddy material, rubbish, 'tat'; also, cheap-and-nastiness, kitsch. Etymology: Formed by abbreviating the adjective tacky 'cheap and nasty, vulgar' (itself a piece of US slang which dates from the nineteenth century). History and Usage: A media word of the second half of the eighties, especially beloved of arts critics, who also like to use the punning form hi(gh)-tack (see high-tech). The king of cinematic trash and tack turns his attentions to the written word. Arena Autumn/Winter 1988, p. 198 Clubbers would turn up wearing exceptionally 'high tack' smiley-faced T-shirts. Q Oct. 1988, p. 66 There's no point in being snooty about hi-tack shows of this sort. We may as well admit that they have an elemental pull on our psyche and submit gracefully. Time Out 4 Apr. 1990, p. 54 Leonard Cohen presents the tale of 'Elvis's Rolls Royce' in a lugubrious deadpan that effortlessly conveys all the sleaze, tack and warped majesty of the subject. Independent 13 July 1990, p. 15

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