Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Apparently there has been some confusion about our Euro/Girlie distinction. Will asks:
"I suppose collecting demitasses is also, ahem, Euro..."
No, no, collecting demitasses is, ahem, decidedly girlie (but what's a fella to do?). And drinking white wine spritzers from demitasses?* Euro-girlie. Tricky, I know. Perhaps this Venn Diagram will help:

Any questions?

* It is also an incredibly ineffective way to get drunk, should that be your objective.


  1. Anonymous9:59 AM

    Am I right in thinking 'euro' doesn't really mean 'european'? I could be wrong about this, but I don't think white wine spritzers are very popular in Europe, or particularly characteristic of Europe. If that's right, what makes something euro? Are some things both european and euro? What about european but not euro?

  2. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Ok, maybe spritzers are in fact traditional aperitifs in Europe. But I'll still ask my question.

  3. Belgian : waffle
    European : spritzer

    ... well, maybe.

  4. Anonymous12:27 PM

    interesting dilemma.. My first instinct is that "euro" refers to derivative fashion that originated in Europe; and that "european" refers to our classical concepts of traditional life in the old countries. But now we have THE euro which is defined by wikepedia as the curreny of countries in "Eurozone". So, the euro is by definition not european, but euro. Is this a tautology, professor?

  5. You're a trouble maker, Mr. Matt, a rascally rascal, but I love you for it.

    I think you're right. There is a distinction, and my from-the-hip, slightly dubious analysis is as follows. "European" is, well, European - of or from Europe. "Euro" is an American perception of what is European. Sometimes they overlap. Sometimes they diverge.

    And our current case fits this schema nicely. The white wine spritzer may be a descendant of the wine and sparkling mineral water sipped in the Old Country, but the drink as I've described it is decidedly American. A glass full of ice? Utterly Yankee. And club soda is far more carbonated than sparkling water. An American reinvention of a European classic.

    It's probably not true, but I like it.

  6. If you switched to mimosas, that might resolve some of the Euro vs. European dilemma, no? I mean, champagne as the bubbly portion of your concoction AND an excuse to drink before heading out to the coffice seems somewhat more European to me. Or is that Euro...I'm totally confused at this point.

  7. Anonymous2:43 PM

    Indeed. Euro/european and girlie/Grrlls and girlie-men collide all over New Orleans - in the social circles, pageantry, architecture. It's kind of byzantine. As it would be, there's a lovely wine shop with patio tables next door to the coffice.

  8. Anonymous11:06 PM

    My jingle-jangle notion of Euro includes things such as: white sunglasses, modern discoteques, hair that flips up a bit, the naked young bourgeoisie in the Versace ads, brightly colored accessories made of modern materials, and lotta-'tude.
    It is not wide and mellow but rather narrow and stylish. Instead of junkies it is lateral-movers.

    But what do I know, I'm an American.

  9. I'm retracting my statement and getting on board with Benji's jingle-jangle magic. It's definitely about the white sunglasses. Ooh, and white pants, too.

  10. Interesting! I drink Spritzers just like Mr Slim but in a pint glass not demi-tasse. But that could just be me and I'm British. So I'm also European, but 'Euro' does describe things European - for example, there's a popular TV program here, French production company and presenter but filmed and broadcast in the UK, and it's called 'Eurotrash' because it's about all the bonkers things some people on this side of the pond get up to, like naked farmers and such.

    Hope you don't mind me chipping in. I've been enjoying your blog for a while but have felt too shy to say so...

  11. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I don't know what about the naked farmers but the title is brilliant...
    I want it to be about the ins-and-outs of the white pants/white sunglasses set, the ones where men carry purses (Euro bags) and walk like fashonistas and...naked farmers?

  12. Are you sure you haven't seen it Amy? The co-presenter is Jean-Paul Gaultier...