bourgeois : Common Errors in English

About bourgeois

In the original French, a bourgeois was originally merely a free inhabitant of a bourg, or town. Through a natural evolution it became the label for members of the property-owning class, then of the middle class. As an adjective it is used with contempt by bohemians and Marxists to label conservatives whose views are not sufficiently revolutionary. The class made up of bourgeois (which is both the singular and the plural form) is the bourgeoisie. Shaky spellers are prone to leave out the E from the middle because “eoi” is not a natural combination in English; but these words have remarkably enough retained their French pronunciation: boorzhwah and boorzhwazee. The feminine form, “bourgeoise,” is rarely encountered in English.

bourgeois Meaning(s)

  • (s) belonging to the middle class
  • (n) a member of the middle class
  • (s) (according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class
  • (s) conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class
  • (n) a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise

bourgeois in News

  1. Greenlawn Terrace Elementary announces honor roll

    Greenlawn Terrace Elementary School has announced its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 school year.View Larger MapFirst grade: Lily Alcina, Marco Alvez, Brooklyn Blanque, Troy Bode, Connor Bourgeois, Guy Buras, Paul Bulter , Farik Carbajal, Tyrionna Carter,...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

  2. Local soldier making great strides in military

    Cpt. Noble Patterson III, a Houma native and graduate of H.L. Bourgeois High School, entered the U.S. Army Feb. 2, 1993. In 2008, he received his commission as a distinguished military graduate from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Upper Iowa University.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Houma Courier

  3. Deliciously simple

    Butch Bourgeois, left, helps Penn Tompkins, food and nutrition services manager of Iberia Medical Center, prepare omelets at the Delcambre Farmer’s Market Saturday.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: The Daily Iberian

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