Classical Usage: In Part Five Chapter II we’re hanging out at the funeral dinner. For a really long time. A really, really long time. Maybe it was just me, but these chapters drug a little, and I’m usually one who likes a good silly argument scene, but I was just embarrassed for Sonia’s newly-widowed stepmother Katerina Ivanovna when she started throwing sideways insults at her landlady’s choice of guest “. . . he certainly bears no resemblance to those frippery skirt-swishers . . .”
Classically Mad Usage: When deciding how to accessorize it’s important to remember that the slope to frippery is slippery.