Canadian tuxedo
Posted: 08 March 2013 07:55 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This is a new one on me. It refers to wearing a denim jacket and jeans.

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Posted: 08 March 2013 02:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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The expression’s new to me. Is it a good-natured acknowledgement of Canadian lack of formality (which has my unqualified affection and admiration), or does it carry an implied sneer? Like most such expressions, I guess that depends on who says it, and under what circumstances.  My erstwhile Canadian employer actually swelled with pride when I described his sartorial appearance as “tatterdemalion” (no one else’s dress style calls for a six-syllable word to describe it). His idea of a gesture to formality was to tuck his shirt inside his trousers. Canada is a more civilized country than just about any other, and I think the “Canadian Tuxedo” is a characteristic manifestation of this.

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