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- n. narrow minded materialism
Not many Americans still use the word babbittry, that wonderful term for naive boosterism similar to that of the title character of Babbitt.
Sinclair Lewis invented a character, George F. Babbitt, who inspired a noun, babbittry
But babbittry may help to explain the plight of my former colleague Donald Rosenberg, who was demoted last week to an arts-and-entertainment reporter from his longtime post as the senior classical music critic at the Plain Dealer.