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Pooter +‎ -ism, from the character in Diary of a Nobody.


Pooterism (uncountable)

  1. Taking oneself grotesquely seriously.
    • 2005, Mark Lawson, BBC
      Although the word blog suggests attitude and subversion, it's really just a hi-tech kind of diary and carries the identical risk of Pooterism.
    • The Daily Telegraph
      In his letter, Morgan obligingly, but probably unwittingly, demonstrated a wonderfully neat example of "Pooterism".
    • NY Times
      [P]rivacy would be a prime value in the world of Pooterism and the semi-detached villa on a suburban line.
    • The Daily Telegraph
      Yes, the element of Pooterism is fantastically strong, taking yourself grotesquely seriously.