cracker-barrel love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling or characteristic of the extended informal discussions carried on by persons habitually assembled at a country store: cracker-barrel philosophy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. characteristic of country life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characteristic of country life

Etymologies

After the cracker barrels that people supposedly would gather round for conversation in old-time general stores.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • With his rumpled clothes and corncob pipe, he was the image of the American cracker-barrel professor eager to mix it up with anyone in a public forum.

    Paul Goodman: Recounting Forgotten Man on the Attack

  • Atticus is a repository of cracker-barrel epigrams.

    What 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Isn't

  • But then I never thought I'd see the day when "To Kill A Mockingbird" --- a novel that has inspired readers for half a century --- would be derided as a book about "the limitations of liberalism" (by Malcolm Gladwell, no less, in The New Yorker, of all places) and "a sugar-coated myth of Alabama's past" with a hero who's "a repository of cracker-barrel epigrams" (by Allen Barra, in the Wall Street Journal)

    Jesse Kornbluth: On Its 50th Birthday, Why Is 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Being Attacked?

  • It's a low-key, philosophical musing reminiscent of the voice-over that opens THE BIG LEBOWSKI but played for real rather than as a caricature of the cracker-barrel cowboy spirit-guide vibe you get in the earlier movie.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Silly cracker-barrel stuff, mostly, although he had a curious store of half-learned knowledge; Bunyan was a favourite, and he was well up on Napoleon and Caesar and assorted military history.

    THE NUMBERS

  • So now Pound was safe, and he became the cracker-barrel philosopher of free verse.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • He doesn't skimp on the mediagenic Wizard of Menlo Park, beloved for catnaps and cracker-barrel philosophizing about how genius was I percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.

    Wizard Of Menlo Park

  • Antitrust regulations may be impenetrable to laypeople, but cracker-barrel smarts are sufficient to get the nub of the Microsoft problem: in the software business, Bill Gates not only owns the tracks, he sells the trains.

    Antitrust And Common Sense

  • That's what happened last week, when Inhofe brought forward his cracker-barrel bill that would make it difficult for people for whom English is a second language to understand critical government forms like court documents and Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) proposed his own measure that would totally neuter the English-only bill if it should pass.

    Weaselly Theater On Senate Immigration Vote

  • Convinced that he's America's cracker-barrel uncle, Rather will never grasp how often his idea of folksiness on the CBS Evening News resembled a mad Klingon taking over for Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

    Calamity Jane

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