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The Enigma of Fashion


The Enigma of Fashion

Of all the pressure young people face, the most pernicious is that of fashion. By this is meant the current vogue in dress. The teenagers, who are so glib when they speak of “individuality”, are turned into a homogenous mass by the latest craze in fashion. How can youngster who vehemently resists advice from the older generation become so malleable in the hand of those who “make” fashion? Perhaps the student shifts in fashion occur fortuitously. Or is there some group who, through legerdemain, switch styles and customs on us right before our eyes? Today’s teenagers seem to be quite gullible when it comes to embracing the latest trend in fashions. But then, they have their elders as sage examples to follow.


  • pernicious – merugikan, merusak
  • vogue – mode, adat istiadat, the prevailing fashion or style at a particular time.
  • glib – fasih, lincir lidah, (of words or the person speaking them) fluent and voluble but insincere and shallow.
  • craze – menggila
  • voluble – fasih, lancar bicara, speaking or spoken incessantly and fluently.
  • vehemently – keras, berapi api, showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense.
  • malleable – dapat ditempa/dididik, (of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking.
  • fortuitously – kebetulan, tak disengaja, happening by accident or chance rather than design. –
  • legerdemain – permainan sulap, skillful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks.
  • gullible – mudah tertipu, easily persuaded to believe something; credulous.
  • saga – kisah, hikayat, cerita kepahlawanan, a long story of heroic achievement, esp. a medieval prose narrative in Old Norse or Old Icelandic

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