Dreckitude: André Leon Talley's Catchphrase from ANTM Cycle 14
The New Panel Judge on ANTM André Leon Talley Has Coined a New Catchphrase, Dreckitude
First there was 'smize', which means smile with your eyes and now the new judge for America's Next Top Model Cycle 14 has coined his own catchphrase that he hopes will take off as well - dreckitude.
What Does Dreckitude Mean?
André Leon Talley has taken the combination of his two favorite words, 'dreck' and 'quackitude' that he says he heard Rachel Maddow use on her show, and put the two together to make dreckitude.
Basically it means not living up to expectations or doing something so wacky that Talley could not comprehend it.
He gave an example to NY Mag:
“I was constantly repulsed by the complete popularity of what I call the Cult of the Ugly Shoe — that is, a very clodhopper, high platform-y, clunky-clunk sort of shoe, which they would favor. And I kept saying to them, ‘You can also be very elegant in a Sabrina flat.’”
No doubt he will be using dreckitude a lot on the upcoming Cycle 14.
Dreck is a slang word for trash and can be used often in reference to inferior merchandise, such as clothing, or perhaps anything that is not 'Vogue worthy'.
Rachel Maddow uses the word quackitude in reference to the Lame Duck Watch on previous President George W. Bush; it appears to be some kind of merging of 'quack' meaning crazy or fraudulent, and the word 'attitude' but there is not official definition.