Tuesday, May 23, 2006

HB Presents: A Friendly Reminder

The definition

bour·geois Audio pronunciation of "bourgeois" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (br-zhwä, brzhwä)
n. pl. bourgeois
  1. A person belonging to the middle class.
  2. A person whose attitudes and behavior are marked by conformity to the standards and conventions of the middle class.
  3. In Marxist theory, a member of the property-owning class; a capitalist.

adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or typical of the middle class.
  2. Held to be preoccupied with respectability and material values.
[French, from Old French burgeis, citizen of a town, from bourg, bourg. See bourg.]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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I guess my readers can judge over time if any of this is true, or if the assessment below is merely snide.

1 comment :

Laura said...

Not that I don't know how to pronounce bourgeois but, I was curious, do you guys actually have a premium membership on Dictionary.com? It says that you have to have one to hear the audio. I was just wondering how dorky it sounded. For $19.95 though, I'll use my imagination.