Talk:Keeping up with the Joneses

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Jonesing[edit]

Is there any connection between "keeping up with the Joneses" and the expression "jonesing" meaning desiring, as in "I'm jonesing to get a pizza"? Or also as in having a traveling jones?

Well, I've never heard 'jonesing' in place of 'yearning', but there is a song called Basketball Jones. Useight 15:31, 2 July 2007 (UTC)

Boz Scaggs wittily linked the two in his song, "Lowdown":

"Gotta have a Jones for this, a Jones for that / This running with the Joneses, boy, just ain't where it's at" — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.248.187.2 (talk) 04:04, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

Why no mention of "Gangnam Style"?[edit]

Fake demonstrations of wealth and conspicuous consumption in Korea are what Psy is criticizing in the song and video.

For example, "bean paste women": Young women who eat cheap ramen noodles for lunch in private, then go out in public and buy starbucks or other expensive coffees. They want to be seen buying expensive things they can barely afford.

See also: Japan's "mi'e", or "needs". People will starve themselves to save money for unnecessary luxuries to appear richer than they are. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 60.248.187.2 (talk) 04:08, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

Senseless sentence[edit]

"In the 1936 book, "The Next 100 Years", C.C. Furnas notes: "Keeping with the Joneses" descended from the spreading of the peacock's tail." That sentence makes no sense. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.147.137.3 (talk) 03:11, 23 May 2014 (UTC)