Posted by Word Camel on June 24, 2003
In Reply to: Naaf theory posted by Shae on June 24, 2003
: : I am almost certain this is wrong but I feel duty bound to report this. Friends I spent the weekend say they have been told that "Naf" or possibly "naaf" is (*cringe*) an acromym for "not at all fashionable".
: : I know the acronym theories are usually rubbish, and it would have to be naaf for this to make any sense at all BUT there IS a line of French clothing called Naf Naf. I shrug my shoulders.
: : Camel
: : (in possibly her worst contribution to date)
: The word is 'naff,' so your friends' explanation seems doubtful.
: NAFF: Unstylish, clichéd, or outmoded. British slang, C19. Possibly back slang for 'fan,' short for 'fanny.' Various dictionaries.
I suspected as much. Actually, your definition is an advance on previoius naff discussions in the archive, so I'm glad I asked. Thanks.