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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.