"artsy fartsy" can have a loose interpretation, but in this specific case I'm using it as an adjective to describe a person who:

  • Considers anyone who isn't invested in humanities/arts a lesser person
  • Turns away those interested in art/humanities because their interests do not align with this person's own (e.g. wanting to make a computer game historically and culturally accurate concerning the Spanish, rather than learning the language and/or travelling abroad to Spanish-speaking countries)

I would like to use an equivalent word in a respectful tone, similar to "they're confused" as opposed to "they're idiots". Is there any word or short phrase that can be used, respectfully, as an adjective to clearly and concisely communicate the contents of the bullet points above?

"bigot" is pretty descriptive, but is rather derogatory and doesn't imply anything about arts/humanities.

  • a 'sophisticate' comes close ...
    – Tom22
    Jan 18, 2017 at 3:06
  • The terms is nearly always hyphenated anyway, but I didn't know until now that there's a significant US/UK usage split on this one (in BrE it's normally arty-farty, whereas AmE favours the even more "camp" version artsy-fartsy). Jan 18, 2017 at 13:24
  • ...interestingly, it's quite the opposite with itsy-bitsy, itty-bitty, where BrE is far more likely to include an interpolated /s/ in the reduplication. Jan 18, 2017 at 13:29
  • The dictionaries give the same pejorative meaning to "arty", that is, affected or ostentatious display. But I personally don't have this association. This makes me wonder what common alternatives there might be for arty.
    – Zebrafish
    Dec 9, 2018 at 11:59

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I'd have a hard time pronouncing it(which also means it isn't heard much and that only a small % of people would understand it),

but perhaps:

aesthete [es-theet or, esp. British, ees-]

Aesthete at Thesaurus.com

1. a person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.

2. a person who affects great love of art, music, poetry, etc., and indifference to practical matters.


One could call the subject in question 'A dandy'

Poet Charles Baudelaire defined the word as "one who elevates aesthetics to a living religion"


An example of when one might use this; "Its just a computer game, you really shouldn't be so concerned with it's historical accuracy. You really are a dandy you know."

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  • NB dandy is not a proper noun and is therefore not capitalised. Dec 10, 2018 at 0:22

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