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Are you decent?
Decent expression still good?
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2013/12/19
4:51am
RobertB
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The show Mad Men took place in 1960s America.

A boy (about 10 years old) knocks on the door of his girlfriend to ask permission to enter.

'Are you decent?'  he calls through the door, meaning if she is properly dressed to see him.

Is that polite expression outdated now? Was it even realistic in the 1960s ?

2013/12/19
7:39am
Dick
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My wife says it frequently when she has our grandchildren outside the bathroom door and I am inside.  But we were both raised in the 60s when it was very "realistic."  I don't really think it is outdated even now but, except for the times I just described, I'm not often in situations to hear or use it.

2013/12/19
9:53am
deaconB
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It was probably more useful in an era of large families. 

I know of many singles and couples who never close the bathroom door, and others who only do so to control humidity when showering.

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