What does "Cadillac" mean to you?

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What does "Cadillac" mean to you?

Jul!a Jul!a
So for as long as I can remember, hearing something described as the "Cadillac" of it's genre meant that it was generally top of the line, all the bells and whistles, loaded to the gills kinda thing. After hearing somebody say this recently, it got me thinking. Because Cadillacs just aren't generally the standard of luxury and awesomeness that they used to be, so why haven't we changed to "The Porsche of vibrators" or "The Mercedes of vibrators" or something like that? Not that I mind, because I love Cadillacs, and will one day own a 60's convertible, but that's a little off topic.

So what does "Cadillac" mean to you?
03/29/2010
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Victoria Victoria
I too grew up hearing "It's the Cadillac of blah blah blah"... so that association sticks.

I think people comparing anything to a luxury car that epitomized a certain status of success for people just seems really weird to me now. Quite honestly, if I won the lottery or landed a six figure salary job, I'd buy a Honda Pilot...not a luxury car.

Cadillac and all other luxury cars sorta mean overcompensating for me, boredom, impulsive spending, excessive - nothing positive.

That being said, about 10 years ago, I did buy a $700 1984 Mercedes Benz 500 D in almost perfect condition, (it looked like this one: link except it was gorgeous sparkling midnight blue) and I loved that car because it was diesel, was super reliable, roomy and chic. Sadly, it was stolen in 2002.

And I might have lusted after a 1950's Cadillac hearse (link) a few years ago when my mechanic was selling one.

Ok - I strayed off topic too, and that's all I got!
03/29/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'd rock a hearse, not a doubt...I also want an ice cream truck to drive just a little too fast in the burb's to watch the kids not quite make it...little evil.

yeah, Cadillac's were the pinnacle of American luxury cars until ____ (i dunno).

You can also go the other way: That's the Gremlin of anal beads, small with a good chance of blowing out...
03/29/2010
Gardenvy Gardenvy
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Originally posted by Victoria
I too grew up hearing "It's the Cadillac of blah blah blah"... so that association sticks.

I think people comparing anything to a luxury car that epitomized a certain status of success for people just seems really weird to me ...
I agree with Victoria, the "Caddy" is associated with "top of the line" back in my neighborhood... but I came from "Low-Rider-Ville" USA, Home of the lowest low lows. AKA San Diego, California.

Off subject, I'm an owner of a '58 Chevy Apache dropped on bags, and I'd consider it top of the line "Caddy" status. It was my Gramp's truck forever (seriously he bought it new) and he gave it to me when I turned 14. I've had some fun playing with it as a "hobby".
03/29/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
I too grew up hearing "It's the Cadillac of blah blah blah"... so that association sticks.

I think people comparing anything to a luxury car that epitomized a certain status of success for people just seems really weird to me ...
Honestly, if I won the lottery, I'd buy a house so I could move out of my mom's and then probably my 60's convertible, lol.

But honestly I go for gas mileage. Which is why I sold my Cherokee for an 87 Celebrity, lol
03/29/2010
Kayla Kayla
Cadillac means "top of the line" for me too. I guess that's probably why I used it in my review.
03/29/2010
Gardenvy Gardenvy
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I'd rock a hearse, not a doubt...I also want an ice cream truck to drive just a little too fast in the burb's to watch the kids not quite make it...little evil.

yeah, Cadillac's were the pinnacle of American luxury cars until ____ ...
MR SAUCE! HAHAHA that's hilarious, great idea. I think If I ever have a real bad review to write, I should start by saying:
"This product is just like a YUGO... you get what your paying for... not much!"
03/29/2010
Sammi Sammi
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Originally posted by Victoria
I too grew up hearing "It's the Cadillac of blah blah blah"... so that association sticks.

I think people comparing anything to a luxury car that epitomized a certain status of success for people just seems really weird to me ...
That's what my husband is looking for . He wants to put flames down the sides and a big grim reaper on the hood though

Cadillac always meant to me something big, expensive, dreamy and awesome. I think it's just one of those phrases that'll hang around.
03/29/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Sammi
That's what my husband is looking for . He wants to put flames down the sides and a big grim reaper on the hood though

Cadillac always meant to me something big, expensive, dreamy and awesome. I think it's just one of those phrases ...
i'd paint it to look slightly like a taxi...just enough to make people think twice about it
03/29/2010
ScottA ScottA
It'll probably keep meaning top-of-the-line for a while. The term "doozy" or "deusey" is still semi-current, and Dusenbergs haven't been made for many years.
03/29/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by ScottA
It'll probably keep meaning top-of-the-line for a while. The term "doozy" or "deusey" is still semi-current, and Dusenbergs haven't been made for many years.
huh...I wondered where that came from...
03/30/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Prior to this thread, I had no idea what being the "Cadillac" of a certain type of product meant. I've seen it in a few reviews and actually assumed that it meant "middle of the road, pretty solid investment, no bells or whistles here". Obviously, I was wrong In my defense, my family has always been more fond of Japanese cars, and I'm the kind of person who can't name off a car by just looking at it. I actually recognize cars by their "faces" and whatever kitschy crap I hang from the rear view mirror, sooo, yeah. Man, was I totally out of the loop on that one.
03/30/2010
Gary Gary
I agree with the logic here... but there are so many things that people say without knowing exactly what it means because the saying is so outdated. I find this to be very interesting, the way language and slang evolve... "Living High on the Hog", "Get on the Stick", & the "Bees Knees".
03/30/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Gary
I agree with the logic here... but there are so many things that people say without knowing exactly what it means because the saying is so outdated. I find this to be very interesting, the way language and slang evolve... "Living High on the ...
..."rule of thumb"
03/30/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Gary
I agree with the logic here... but there are so many things that people say without knowing exactly what it means because the saying is so outdated. I find this to be very interesting, the way language and slang evolve... "Living High on the ...
I was thinking about stuff like that too, how many things we say just because we grew up hearing them and not actually knowing why they started being said in the first place.
03/30/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
..."rule of thumb"
Ooh! I actually know where that one came from! When you would beat your wife (this was a very very very long time ago) the 'rule of thumb' was that you shouldn't beat her with anything wider than your thumb.

At least that's what I was always told, lol
03/30/2010
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Ooh! I actually know where that one came from! When you would beat your wife (this was a very very very long time ago) the 'rule of thumb' was that you shouldn't beat her with anything wider than your thumb.

At least that's ...
I remember reading that too - it was in a thread about weird old laws etc.. UGH!
03/31/2010
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Ooh! I actually know where that one came from! When you would beat your wife (this was a very very very long time ago) the 'rule of thumb' was that you shouldn't beat her with anything wider than your thumb.

At least that's ...
Oh yeah... the lady said that in 'Boondock Saints'. I have always wondered if that was true.
03/31/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Jul!a
So for as long as I can remember, hearing something described as the "Cadillac" of it's genre meant that it was generally top of the line, all the bells and whistles, loaded to the gills kinda thing. After hearing somebody say this ...
I know the phrase. I don't use it only because I'm a car enthusiast. I own an antique vehicle and was part of an antique vehicle car club, so it's just a rival thing lol.
04/01/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Ooh! I actually know where that one came from! When you would beat your wife (this was a very very very long time ago) the 'rule of thumb' was that you shouldn't beat her with anything wider than your thumb.

At least that's ...
YES this is 100% true.
04/01/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Victoria
I remember reading that too - it was in a thread about weird old laws etc.. UGH!
One of my jobs sends out a monthly newsletter and in the section of fun stuff that was actually the first thing on there, the thing about the rule of thumb, lol
04/01/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I know the phrase. I don't use it only because I'm a car enthusiast. I own an antique vehicle and was part of an antique vehicle car club, so it's just a rival thing lol.
I'm a car enthusiast as well and I see nothing wrong with using it, just because it's been around for so long that it's become part of everyday speech.

And you'll have to explain that rival thing, because it doesn't seem (to me anyway) like it goes with avoiding the phrase because of being an enthusiast, lol
04/01/2010
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I'd rock a hearse, not a doubt...I also want an ice cream truck to drive just a little too fast in the burb's to watch the kids not quite make it...little evil.

yeah, Cadillac's were the pinnacle of American luxury cars until ____ ...
Or the Edsel?
04/02/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Or the Edsel?
Hey, Edsels are highly underrated vehicles in my opinion. If the economy hadn't been at a downturn and Ford had higher quality control the Edsel wouldn't have been anywhere near the lemon that it was, lol.
04/02/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
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Originally posted by Jul!a
Hey, Edsels are highly underrated vehicles in my opinion. If the economy hadn't been at a downturn and Ford had higher quality control the Edsel wouldn't have been anywhere near the lemon that it was, lol.
One of the ugliest vehicles ever made by most opinions. Google it.

And yea there are a lot fo things people used to say...like porch monkey, but it's not exactly like we can take it back haha that's for all the clerks fans.
04/14/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
One of the ugliest vehicles ever made by most opinions. Google it.

And yea there are a lot fo things people used to say...like porch monkey, but it's not exactly like we can take it back haha that's for all the clerks fans.
"37! My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!"
"All in a row?"
-Clerks
04/14/2010
CockGawker CockGawker
A Southerners top of the line car -- church crowd and republican.
04/14/2010
Hannah Savage Hannah Savage
My dad is in the "Senior Discount" age range, and he always bought Lincolns and Cadillacs, so when I was younger I thought that these were classy, top-of-the-line, 'old people' cars.

However, as I grew up in Southern California, my opinion changed. And now, living in Kansas City... It's really changed. Cadillacs seem to be for those that want Low Riders and to Pimpin' out their ride, from what I can see...
04/21/2010
LuLu Love LuLu Love
Yeah I have definitely heard this referring to the best of something... "its the Cadillac of cheeseburgers!". Now that I think about it though it seems more like a fogie car. I don't think I'll be able to say it anymore. Gee thanks lol
04/21/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by LuLu Love
Yeah I have definitely heard this referring to the best of something... "its the Cadillac of cheeseburgers!". Now that I think about it though it seems more like a fogie car. I don't think I'll be able to say it anymore. Gee thanks lol
Hey, I'm only 23 and I love my fogie Cadillac! lol
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