ef·fete (-ft)adj.1. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted: the final, effete period of the baroque style.2. Marked by self-indulgence, triviality, or decadence: an effete group of self-professed intellectuals.3. Overrefined; effeminate.4. No longer productive; infertile.[Latin efftus, worn out, exhausted : ex-, ex- + ftus, bearing young, pregnant; see dh(i)- in Indo-European roots.]
But then I was even more perplexed. What definition did he mean? That tired snobs will vote for Obama? That overrefined, decadent dandies will vote for him? Or perhaps he meant infertile snobs?
I just want to know where I fit into the Obama voting pool, because I know I'm not wealthy, and not formally an academic. I suppose I'm young, though very solidly into my full-fledged adulthood. And I have a lot of freckles, but I seriously doubt that I'm black, barring further discovery of the activities of an ancestor who reached Jamaica and made a stop, shall we say.
I suppose I could be considered a snob in some respects. I have a postgraduate degree and I won't shop at WalMart. I don't believe that pink is a legitimate wine color. And I am often tired, and sometimes a tiny bit dandy when the occasion calls for it.