adj. [Slang] displaying a contrived, often pretentious, sophistication,
opulence, etc. -- Webster's New World College dictionary
This caught my eye as I was looking up another word. Like any self-respecting 11-year-old, I had to stop.
To the grown-up part of me, one of the most interesting things is that comma after "pretentious." I'm not sure that's not a typo. Since when do you put a comma between a modifier and its immediately following subject? Even if there's more than one adjective, you usually don't.
a tall, powerful man.
Not: a tall, powerful, man.
I also find it surprising that the definition doesn't contain more emphasis on ... hmmm ... well ... scumminess. Seems like this should describe Cletus on "The Simpsons" scooping up a dead raccoon with a shovel and saying, "Girly Sue's gonna have an elegant wedding feast!"
Most surprising, though, is that this is the first word I've come across that is in my Webster's New World College Dictionary that's not in its computer version -- which came from a disk which came with that same book. Odd.
By the way, I found piss-elegant while looking up:
piste (always italicized, on account of it's a French word not used enough by English speakers to justify calling it an English word -- think "ennui.")
n. a ski run of hard-packed snow -- Webster's New World College
Yes, it had potential. But in the end, it definitely was not as much fun as piss-elegant.