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OED has some relevant commentary:
3. fig. Of persons in an intellectual sense, of systems, etc.: That has exhausted its vigour and energy; incapable of efficient action. Also, of persons: weak, ineffectual; degenerate. More recently, effeminate.
1981 Economist 6 June 18 Cool, practical and macho in the open air, indoors the uniform tends to trip the wearer up, needs gathering up like a skirt, and looks a trifle effete.
(I apologize for not looking here sooner.)
edit: so, what we seem to be seeing is that although the drift had been away from feminine, we are coming back to a (typically?) lazy, fin de siecle conflation/confusion of effete and effeminate.
Last edited by tsuwm; 10/18/05 05:53 PM.
Entire Thread Subject Posted By Posted effete wwh 01/31/04 02:22 AM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/17/05 10:29 PM Re: effete tsuwm 10/17/05 10:47 PM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/17/05 11:03 PM Re: effete belMarduk 10/18/05 12:25 PM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/18/05 12:28 PM Re: effete belMarduk 10/18/05 05:09 PM Re: effete tsuwm 10/18/05 05:33 PM Re: effete tsuwm 10/18/05 05:43 PM Re: effete Buffalo Shrdlu 10/18/05 07:54 PM Re: effete Shawn F. 07/31/09 02:36 AM Re: effete zmjezhd 07/31/09 02:04 PM Re: effete klingsor 03/12/07 05:30 PM Re: effete Zed 03/13/07 07:55 PM Re: effete seapea 08/01/09 06:28 AM
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