Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Our Terms: b-o-o-b-o-i-s-i-e, booboisie

booboisie \boob-wah-ZEE\ , noun:
1. A class of people regarded as stupid or foolish.

Until then, he'd dismissed Hollywood as a purveyor of machine-made fodder for the booboisie, but he found, much to his surprise, that the movies weren't nearly as bad as he'd claimed.
-- Terry Teachout, quoted in "Writing Mencken," by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, November 15, 2002

He was primarily a radical freethinker who noisily waged war against the booboisie.
-- Richard Lingeman, "Disturber of the Peace", Washington Post, November 3, 2002

Origin:
Booboisie is a blend of boob and bourgeoisie. It was coined by H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), American editor and critic.

We are thankful for friends. Without friends, we would have no one to share our successes and failures with. We would have no one to know us better than we know us. We would have no one to send funny videos to on Facebook. Oh wait, we wouldn't even have Facebook. We are grateful for our friends and the love and laughter we share throughout the year.

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