reading romance novels

Reply Sun 16 May, 2010 08:52 pm
Please look at this English text...
reading romance novels in the book club would take away much of its cachet as an intellectual activity.

what does 'cachet' means ?

wordwebonline :

Noun: cachet ka'shey [N. Amer], 'ka,shey [Brit]
An indication of approved or superior status
- seal, seal of approval

(law) a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal
- lettre de cachet

A seal on a letter

A high standing achieved through success, influence or wealth etc.
"he wanted to achieve power and cachet";
- prestige, prestigiousness
Derived forms: cachets

But it seems none properly fits here . Can you please help what does 'cachet' means here ?
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Reply Mon 17 May, 2010 04:58 am
It's the word as used in the sense of "superior status", because many romance novels are garbage, at least, for sure, in the mind of the writer of the sentence you're asking about.

By the way, why do you tag these types of English inquiries as "politics" when they are about nothing of the sort? Mistagging is a bit of a problem for the Moderators. Thanks.
Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 11:32 am
not able to catch you.

are you saying if I read novel in a book club its just a garbage ...but if I read somewhere else then it would be awesome ?

well, this does not make sense ....how come this be true .
Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 11:41 am
She means the people in the book club, if they feel they are of a superior intellectual sort, would consider a romance novel garbage.

Yes, and why do you tag these things as politics, hmmmm?
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Reply Tue 18 May, 2010 02:18 pm
Oh wait!

I just figured it out.


The politics of dancing.

Reply Wed 19 May, 2010 05:21 am
I haven't heard that song in years. Thanks, Chai.
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