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n.1.A rude or clownish person; boor; lout.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Grobianus: Petit cours de muflerie applique pour goujats debutants ou confirmes.
If we follow the story Barbara Correll tells in The End of Conduct: "Grobianus" and the Renaissance Text of the Subject, and if we agree with her that manners have destroyed our physical comfort and freedom, then perhaps we should not see this change as all bad.
However dubious a reader may feel about such a view of civility, he or she can still appreciate Correll's recovery of a part of early modern conduct literature that may be unfamiliar to many English readers: the chain of ironic conduct literature that originated with the publication of Friedrich Dedekind's Grobianus, de morum simplicitate in 1549.
The End of Conduct is divided into six chapters that chart the different Grobianus texts' links to the "history of the body," the politics of vernacular culture, and matters of gender.