Meanwhile, I've also been considering a variation on that look - black leather jacket, black crewneck tee, and faded medium blue jeans with a hardworking and dependable outlook on life, close-fitting, world-weary, but still in one piece. In a properly ordered world, this would not require a treasure hunt.
Several hundred try-ons later, I decided to get help with the project. In the course of seeking help, I learned a new and frightening non-word: DESTRUCTED.
It appears that DESTRUCTED is meant to be to jeans what DISTRESSED is to furniture. In the case of furniture, the poor tables and chairs are hit with hammers and beaten with chains in the factory, so that when they reach the showroom floor they look like they have a past, possibly even a more elegant and adventurous past than they will have in their future in your dining ell - and you pay for this.
While waiting, my thighs and I came across this new expression: DESTRUCTED. The past tense indicates that the writer thinks there is a verb - TO DESTRUCT. There is not. There is a noun, DESTRUCTION, and its corresponding verb is DESTROY. As noted, "destroyed" denim is nothing new.
I've also had cooks tell me that what's been put before me is a deconstructed version of, say, onion tart, in which case I would see a little tangled heap of caramelized onions, a few tiny cheese puffs, and something crunchy and garlicky. Actually this makes a nice little appetizer, you can eat it in parts or make different combinations of the components (would this count as UN-DECONSTRUCTION?). What this means, in real life, is that someone in the kitchen is actually thinking about flavors and ingredients, which I think is a good thing.
RECONSTRUCTION means to rebuild, and can be a controversial subject of discussion in many parts of the country.
So, anyway, if I said that I made a deconstructed version of Macaroni & Cheese for dinner last night, if you'd been to my house you would have been served with some nice cheese, say, St André, Camembert and Taleggio, and a sourdough baguette. Cheese and something made with flour.
Oh, and we don't need "wiseness" either.