Back when I was a student in Junior High, I created a word of such utility and such aesthetic pleasure that I incorporated it into my everyday speech. I recently, rather thoughtlessly, used it in a post I wrote on the subject of uselessness; this post has recently picked-up sharply in terms of popularity thanks to Clarissa linking it, and as a result a number of people (if my search terms index is to be believed*) are baffled by my use of it.
So allow me to clarify:
Hicklodyte (n): A portmanteau of “hick” and “troglodyte.” Refers to a person who exhibits provincial, uncultured or uneducated manners or opinions while at the same time being willfully obtuse to any criticism of these positions, no matter how legitimate; An uncultured person living in ideological seclusion.
“I used to think that the GOP had a few legitimate points, but ever since Barack Obama was elected, the entire party has been taken over by a bunch of rabid hicklodytes.”
I probably wouldn’t have created this word today, as the use of the word ‘hick’ seems to imply that rural culture is inherently backwards, but what can I say? I was in Junior High and I, like most pimply-faced teenagers**, thought that I knew everything and was uninterested in opinions to the contrary. One might even say, I was being hicklodytic.
*A google search for this word, at the time of writing, will produce only my blog.
**I never actually had pimples, just to clear that up. Pun intended.