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I have seen and heard the word many many times but every time I ask "Was bedeutet Schickimicki?" they don't give a conclusive answer.

I just saw it on the journal Zeit and just thought I didn't know exactly what it is.

This is the phrase:

Doch wohl nur von den Journalisten und der Schickimicki.

What I get is:

Exactly only from the Journalists and the Rich-classy-arrogant-people.

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Well, you already answered your question. Here some links: Duden - Wiktionary –  Em1 Apr 25 '13 at 14:41
So if someone is Schickimicki, is that considered a level above Biedermeier? Or are the from fundamentally different Schichten in the sociological sense? –  rabidotter Apr 28 '13 at 15:22
@rabidotter Biedermeier was a period in history (early 19th century), not a sociological grouping. –  Eugene Seidel Apr 29 '13 at 18:59
A friend of mine is now part of my Schickimicki friendbase after the following dialog: "Can I borrow 10 bucks from you?" "No." "20 bucks?" "Forget it." "50 bucks?" "Sure, here you go!", and passes a 50 to me. That´s because Schickimicki people just don´t take the hassle of keeping small cash in their pockets. –  TheBlastOne Jul 18 '13 at 0:11

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Well, the translation hits the spot.

"Schickimicki" is a strongly depreciatory or derogative term for "snobbish-arrogant-rich" people that (at least appear to) use lots of money on their appearance.

This, in general, also implies that they would be more suited for a prom-night than for walking out in the streets.

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My favorite translation is »fancy-schmanzy« → people having an air of being divorced from reality, snobbish characters, celebrating themselves and making a name for themselves through boasting about their money and stressing that money isn't an issue for them.

Be aware that »Schickimicki« is rarely used anymore. It was popular and widely used in the eighties and the early nineties. It was also used in the media [with the obligatory tounge-in-cheek smile when it comes to these tpoics].

I can't really name a term used as broadly as back then.

  • »schick« [German] means «trendy, fashionable, posh«
  • »chic« [French] sound like the German «schick« and both mean quite the same; and then we have the same term in English, so I wouldn't be surprise to find a common root in Latin :)

This wikipedia article relates to »Schickimicki« to Schickeria, which I would translate as »Party People« in the meaning of, well, as above. The article also explains

  • sciccheria – italian word for »fashionable, fancy, posh«
  • schickern – jiddish for »getting drunk«

And then there is the Austrian German term

  • »Adabei« → a contracted form of »a dabei« in [dialect!], which would be »auch dabei« in standard German [BUT never used in that way!] which is »also there« in English, and describes people who seem to always be around the wealthy and rich, there trying to be in as many pictures with them as possible, although not always welcome.

I found »Adabei« most often used in Vienna, especially used as the Austrian version of Schickimicki but could possibly being dated back into the 1950ies, I guess.

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