Word of the Day Archive
Thursday December 5, 2002
booboisie \boob-wah-ZEE\ , noun:
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
Booboisie is a blend of boob and bourgeoisie. It was coined by H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), American editor and critic.