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  • n. narrow minded materialism


After the character in Sinclair Lewis' novel Babbitt (Wiktionary)



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  • Funny about the caps, seems an accident of history as to whether they stick or not. I'm happy with both Dickensian stereotypes and macadamised roads yet both are derived from proper names.

    December 6, 2007

  • probably should be capitalized: Babbittry - comes from the eponymous hero of Sinclair Lewis's 1922 novel Babbitt - a conventional, conformist businessman.

    December 6, 2007