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Posted by R. Berg on October 30, 2002

In Reply to: artsy-fartsy posted by ESC on October 30, 2002

: : : I love this phrase and would like to hear more about its origin.
: : : Nick Kehoe

: : No clue as to its origin, but here in my part of the UK it's definitely arty-farty.

: In my part of the U.S. it is:

: ARTSY-FARTSY - "adj.; having an affinity for arty things. (U.S. slang, mid 1900s)" From "Slang and Euphemism: A Dictionary of Oaths, Curses, Insults, Ethnic Slurs, Sexual Slang and Metaphor, Drug Talk, College Lingo and Related Matters" by Richard A. Spears (New American Library, Penguin Putnam, New York, Third Edition, 2001)

It's also "artsy-fartsy" in my part of the US, which is distant from ESC's part.