Help me to paint this picture....
Help me to better see what is being described...
No, not what's leftover once you finish your supper. No, not the wrapper off your snickers bar. Nor the empty can from your diet Dr. Pepper.
No, the "trash" that is referenced in "That's so trashy!" or "They are so trashy." or "They are such white trash" or even "Their trailer trash." Though those last two are more detailed, I'm assuming there is more to them than just being someone who is "white" or someone who is living in a "trailer," but I could be wrong.
I'm assuming we've now straightened out the differences between what's kept in your kitchen under the sink (or in the pantry) and the "trash" I'm needing help describing here.
Even if you've never used the term before in that manner, you've most likely heard it used in this sort of a context. However, while I could sit here right now and name some of you reading this that I know that I have heard it come out of your mouth, I'm not going to put ya on the spot like that (I always hated when teachers would do that to me)...HA! So instead please just voluteer by leaving a comment and help me out.
I need a picture of what makes someone, or i suppose even an action or a behavior, "trashy." I mean if we are going to be able to use the term as an adjective to describe a person or an action, isn't it important to be able to define what makes it up?
So help me out...tell me what catches your eye out there on the street or on television that makes you immediately think:"trash."
Let me get it started...
Someone recently tried to help me with this question that I've brought before y'all today and they said "Someone who doesn't care about how they are living."
Is that it? Is that what distinguishes someone as "trash" from someone who isn't "trash" in your mind? Is there more to it? Is that definition lacking something? Is that not the proper distinguishing quality?
Is it where someone shops? Is it where someone lives? Is it what someone wears (or what they don't wear)?
Come on....if we are going to use the term we need to know what it means...help me out...