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  • It's always created a slight distance between him and the intellectuals who think it sounds a little bit "bumpkinish," the way he speaks Russian.

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  • Earphones out, will he obligingly play his part and say he's disgusted at the nasty punk slagging off his lovely town and maybe say something terribly funny and bumpkinish about bowling greens or a best-kept village competition?

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  • While most Aussie blokes passing through the US think a liberal smattering of “crikey”, “strewth” and “onya” is a short cut to getting a leg over a flighty divorcee, or becoming the most popular guy in a bar full of strangers, most Americans are familiar enough with Australians to wonder why it is we feel compelled to play up our bumpkinish image in the company of foreigners.

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  • I imagine him at Phillips Academy, and then at Yale, trailed by a bad reputation as a string-puller and snubbed by the rich sons of East Coast families who find him useful but a little country-bumpkinish.

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  • On the first page there was a photograph of Harry Truman, then president, looking bumpkinish as he waved a shoe aloft at an American shoe convention.

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  • Horse-faced, with a lugubrious, bumpkinish smile that almost had a whimsical appeal.

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  • The common type of face at Cotrone is coarse and bumpkinish; ruder, it seemed to me, than faces seen at any point of my journey hitherto.

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  • She lamented that I had been brought up in the country, which, she observed, had given me a very bumpkinish air.


  • Alexander's PR machine swept past Butcher's bumpkinish campaign and got him into the statehouse for his eight years of goofing off.


  • Cynical religious manipulation is a hallmark of this party since Reagan; George W. Bush was not its bumpkinish victim but the latest in its line of bumptious patent medicine salesmen, and it's no surprise that Don Rumsfeld spoke fluent Pharisee.

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