Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Booboisie - The Rise of the Unintelligentsia

Loud, Drinking, Night club, Dancing,
Photo by Nick Minieri 

BOOBOISIE

Noun. US slang. Early 20th century.
[Jocular from BOOB noun a silly, stupid or childish person; after bourgeoisie.]

Boobs as a class, stupid people.

There's a lot of linguistic rivalry between British and American English ("They say tomato, we say it properly," etc.) but you have to credit the US - they've added some truly wonderful words to the language. One such word is booboisie; it's nothing to do with boobs of the mammalian variety (thank goodness), but rather blends the stupid boob with the bourgeoisie, which is nothing short of genius. The dictionary definitions are vague enough that one can fill the booboisie with pretty much any type of people, depending on who one considers stupid. For me, booboisie's connection to bourgeoisie suggests monied stupidity, and therefore I can't help but stuff it with the loud, oversexed, overdrinking swarms that descend upon our fair streets every night. And Daily Mail readers, of course. And those that believe in homoeopathy. And, even though it's nothing to do with boobs, readers of The Sun - they're going in, and that has everything to do with boobs. Oh dear. I'm turning into a booboimaniac. I think I'll stop.

Who would you put into the booboisie?

Is putting anyone into the booboisie an offensively bourgeois thing to do?

Do please leave your most boobeois comments below. 

27 comments:

  1. For me, the booboisie are a pack of boobyish boobies from all walks of life.
    I don't think it's any more offensive than calling them idiots.
    In fact, it sounds classier!

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    1. It does, right? In fact, it makes *them* sound classier ...

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    2. Ah, but isn't there some feeling of intention about booboisie? The idea that not only are they stupid, but they've got together in clubs or packs especially in order to BE stupid.
      Still, if they enjoy playing hockey...

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    3. Bird-brains of a feather flock together ...

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  2. Who go into the Booboisie? Sounds like a Lexicolatry version of Room 101. To get off to a gentle start I'd nominate people who turn to "Two & a Half Men" for witty comedy.

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  3. All my customers.

    And my ex-chemistry teacher who once told me, after another unsuccessful experiment, that if he was locked in a room with Hitler, Stalin and me, and had a gun with 2 bullets, he'd shoot me twice.

    He was very clever but I still want him in.

    -clueless

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    1. He's in - stupid clever people are fast-tracked into the booboisie.

      As for your customers, shouldn't you provide at least some justification for their inclusion? I mean, surely it's not because they hire you?

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    2. Let me guess:
      They don't appreciate C's hard work.
      They never say "thank you"
      They try to tell him how to do his job
      They don't pay on time
      They think C is their servant
      They think it's ok to mess up C's schedule, but when C calls them to cancel/postpone they start complaining,

      At least that's what I found extremely annoying about my customers back in Greece.

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    3. That's freakily accurate.

      All those things I can just about stomach, but when you have to use 20 whole minutes to explain to a lady, who is quite irate, that you DO knock at her door every month like everyone else on the street, that you DON'T exclude her for some sinister reason, but that it's remarkably unlikely she'll hear me knocking if she's not at home, you find yourself making this face.

      (You can't see this face I know, but it's one of deep anguish. Imagine someone who's just accidentally nailed their foot to someone they don't like - that's roughly the face)

      -c

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    4. I'm imagining your face nailed to the face of someone you don't like - that's even worse.

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    5. And you try not to think about it since you know that it's their problem because they're "boobois" but their endless stupidity ends up ruining your day. Let's face it, the booboisie is the majority.

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  4. Booboisie=stupid people... I have to include each and every a**hole who went and voted for the neonazi party in Greece.

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    1. So that's probably two votes at least for my ex-chemistry teacher then.

      -c

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  5. Parents who name their children after celebrities. In the last year I've seen a Britney, a Paris, a Shakira, and two Beyonces. And they were all boys. Ok so that last bit isn't true but what is true is that I'm ruddy fed up with it.

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    1. I knew a Robert once who told me he was named after Bob Dylan. That's kind of OK, isn't it?

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    2. At least Bob Dylan is genuinely talented. What's Paris "queen of booboisie" Hilton contributed to the world? And don't get me started on the Kardashians. I'm angry Ed and I don't care who knows it.

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    3. Yeah. It's not a dead giveaway when you tell someone your name is 'Bob' either.

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  6. So thus far, the booboisie comprises of: idiots, people that like hockey, fans of Two and a Half Men, C's customers and old chemistry teacher, stupid clever people, the majority of people, everyone in Greece that voted for Golden Dawn and parents that name their kids after fatuous celebrities.

    Right. Got it. That's quite an expansive list.

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  7. And those who believe in homeopathy? I'm offended...

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  8. Oh Kara. Please don't believe in homeopathy.

    -c

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    1. So sorry to disappoint! It, or at least the man we visit, has helped both my mother and I when doctors couldn't!

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    2. It was a semi-facetious remark, Kara, as I know how many people believe in homoeopathy and I couldn't just be picking on Sun and Daily Mail readers, could I? I was brought up on homoeopathic remedies, and I don't believe in it (obviously). However, I've no doubt that a word will eventually come up where a lively debate on the subject will be appropriate - for any that feel so inclined : o )

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    3. I both do and do not look forward to that day haha.

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    4. Aww. We'll all promise to go easy on each other!

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    5. 'Bunkum' might afford an opportunity, or 'deadly.'

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