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throwback

noun; compounding
An article of clothing from a past time period that is still considered fashionable in modern times. Apparent Meaning: An article of clothing that is old or discontinued, yet stylish. In this case, the clothing is a football jersey that can no longer be purchased at stores. The verb root THROW refers to identifying an item in its original time period. The adjective root BACK indicates that the original time period is in the distant past. The term seems to refer to old and discontinued articles of clothing that possess stylish value in their rarity. Possible Reason Used: The term refers to a select class of old clothing that is viewed as stylish or tasteful rather than obsolete. It does not describe clothing that is antiquated or no longer fashionable. A football jersey of Dan Marino, for example, is considered an old, fashionable article of clothing since Dan Marino was viewed by many sports fans as one of the greatest quarterbacks of his time. Dan Marino’s jersey can no longer be purchased in stores. However, many old-style clothes can still be purchased in stores primarily because stores have recognized such clothing as THROWBACKS and in high demand. For example, bell-bottom jeans were a trend of the 1970s, but they are still sold in stores and are considered a part of contemporary fashion.
 
That Dan Marino jersey is a pretty nice throwback.
Etymology : compounding of verb THROW and adjective BACK; THROW from Middle English ‘throwen’ to turn, twist, hurl; from Old English ‘thrawan’; BACK from Middle English ‘bak’; from Old English baec
Source : Classmate observing attire of fellow student
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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