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Old 09-01-2009, 08:01 PM
Status: "Anthony, you broke my heart." (set 9 days ago)
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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Experience, coupled with intellectual curiosity.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: New York City
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But to be truly cultured, you have to actually know about the cities people talk about. Far too common on here people tend to speak about cities they've never been to.. I try and ONLY talk about areas I've traveled. I just notice that if there is any city or location near NYC (NJ, LI, Conn., Philly, etc) that New Yorkers will almost definitely pick that area or strictly speak about it.. it's just a shame that NYC is such a great place, but the people don't really know about outside of the immediate area.
Part of the problem is that you're using an unusual, or at least expanded, definition of the word. Most New Yorkers use the term with regard to education, especially in the arts and humanities.

The original definition of "cultured" (I looked it up in the OED) was about the selective breeding of plants or things purposefully grown, like cultured pearls. Its closest synonym is "cultivated." People, like plants, can be cultivated or cultured. It has nothing to do with "culture" in the sociological sense.

(For a working definition see: Cultured Definition | Definition of Cultured at Dictionary.com)

The word certainly has elitist implications, and some people find it obnoxious (or offensive), but the meaning is established. To equate being "cultured" with cultural sensitivity or multiculturalism is to strain language.

Your point that some New Yorkers can be chauvinistic, or even solipsistic, is fair, but it has nothing to do with being cultured.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Where I come from, you're cultured if you drink beer out of a frosted mug instead of straight from the bottle.
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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What makes one cultured?

Wearing lots of black. Having an asymmetrical haircut. Stressing out about culture venues and events. Drinking Ricard (or even better yet, absinthe!). Never going to Starbucks. Living in a flat. Having no car, an old (real) Mini or a Smart Car. Etc.

/sarc
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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know how to use a knife and fork
can dance ballroom
wear your pants above the hips
own a tie
like and enjoy some form of classic art form
can read and write
at least speak one language well
Sounds like my boss's job description.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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know how to use a knife and fork
can dance ballroom
wear your pants above the hips
own a tie
like and enjoy some form of classic art form
can read and write
at least speak one language well
Know how to use a knife and fork: Yes but I don't use them "properly".
Can dance ballroom: Nope.
Wear your pants above the hips: Not what I'm wearing now.
Own a tie: Nope.
Like and enjoy some form of classic art form: Not in this lifetime.
Can read and write: Yes and very well.
At least speak one language well: Yes but only when I'm called on in school.

I guess I'm not a cultured individual as of yet.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Have traveled to more than half the states in the country.
Have been to multiple countries.
Enjoy food from all over the world and have food from all over the world right in my area.
Grew up having friends from all around the world.
Can carry on a decent conversation about anything really.
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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It seems like (on here atleast) that a vast majority of East Coaster (particularly NYC and surrounding areas) think they are more cultured because they live in NYC.

But from viewing most of their posts, it seems like it's the opposite. It seems like most have not actually traveled the US or the world for that matter.

I'm not sure if I'm the only one who gets that perception. But to be truly cultured, you have to actually know about the cities people talk about. Far too common on here people tend to speak about cities they've never been to.. I try and ONLY talk about areas I've traveled. I just notice that if there is any city or location near NYC (NJ, LI, Conn., Philly, etc) that New Yorkers will almost definitely pick that area or strictly speak about it.. it's just a shame that NYC is such a great place, but the people don't really know about outside of the immediate area.
That is definitely true. Some (but not all) seem to have never been outside their own city.

One is cultured when they have experienced many different places, many different ethnicities, many different cuisines
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Have traveled to more than half the states in the country.
Have been to multiple countries.
Enjoy food from all over the world and have food from all over the world right in my area.
Grew up having friends from all around the world.
Can carry on a decent conversation about anything really.
Only one of those listed could really help define someone as cultured and that is conversation.

Travel and varied foods and friends does not make anyone cultured in the least.

If I eat kashata do I automatically become cultured?
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Old 09-01-2009, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Well, being open-minded to other cultures, interacting with them, traveling to different countries, that will make you cultured. The word culture is in "cultured" obviously, and cultures therefore mean different nationalities and countries. I think that makes someone more cultured than carrying on a conversation. I'd say I'm pretty cultured after living in the most diverse county in the country.
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