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Is the word "neat" old fashioned? Answered

I'm about to write an English press release for my product CameraClip. English is not my first language.
I would like to use the word "neat' to emphasize that the product is small, smart and cheap. Is "neat" an old fashioned word in this context? If so, what alternatives could I use?
Hope to hear from you all.

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Goodhart (author)2011-07-10

Neat and Cool have "hung on" as slang terms for a long time, nifty not as strongly but not totally "gone" either.

Not quite like terms like:

"Smog in the noggin"
to name a few. . .

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grooooovy (author)2011-07-09

"neat" is not old fashioned. I think that "neat" is very suitable for something small, smart, and cheap. The words link together perfectly.

From an online thesaurus:
1 the bedroom was neat and clean: tidy, orderly, well-ordered, in (good) order, shipshape, in apple-pie order, spick-and-span, uncluttered, straight, trim. ANTONYMS untidy.
2 he's very neat: smart, dapper, trim, well-groomed, well-turned-out, spruce; informal natty. ANTONYMS shabby.
3 her neat script: well-formed, regular, precise, elegant, well-proportioned.
4 this neat little gadget: compact, well designed, handy.
5 his neat footwork: skillful, deft, dexterous, adroit, adept, expert; informal nifty. ANTONYMS clumsy.
6 a neat solution: clever, ingenious, inventive.
7 neat gin: undiluted, straight, unmixed; informal straight up.
8 informal we had a really neat time. See wonderful.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE: GROOVY (thank you very much, "sublingual")

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sublingual (author)2011-06-30

I'm with rtty & Kiteman. I use both words all the time. "Nifty" isn't as current as other similar words, but it's more current that "groovy", haha.

Also, "neat" is also completely current in the sense of "clean and orderly". Not to mention that when speaking of alcohol, it means "straight" or "without water, ice, or mixers." ;)

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jensenr30 (author)2011-06-30

i don't think neat is an old-fashioned word.
nifty may be slightly more dated, but if you feel like saying nifty, i wouldn't sweat it.

We all know that everybody judges everyone for everything they do. It is just a matter of ceasing to care what others think about you.
I'm sure you're already aware of this, though.


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Kiteman (author)2011-06-30

"Neat little accessory" sounds fine - perfectly acceptable to a British audience.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2011-06-30

(By the way, you need to fix your link - http://www.cameraclip.eu)

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