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November 30, 2009

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I had to become acquainted with this word myself in the past couple of years! People seriously wear those things here.

I thought it was just... kind of ...posh English people (yeah, you can tell I've absorbed the Scottish nonsense about the English), but I have friends who have them, and they wear them to big social events like weddings. People in their twenties and thirties. It's ...well, a little bizarre to me, like watching people dress up in outfits like they wore on Dallas. It seems strangely fictional...!

In the movie "Meet Me in St. Louis" in the tear jerker scene where Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Very Merry Xmas", she is wearing a fascinator - in the old fashioned definition.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo

I remember first seeing this word in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn".

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