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New word

I learnt a new word today; unusual I know, I tend to know most of then, but there we are. A new, and very useful, tool in the tool box.

Oikophobia:    an abnormal fear of the home, or of the contents of a house; a desire (particularly by the English) to leave home and travel; the repudiation of inheritance and home.

Fascinating word. Here it is on Wikipedia, a load of examples of its very politically incorrect usage, and an article in the WSJ.

And here’s Roger Scruton, extending it into its most recent meaning:

No adequate word exists for this attitude, though its symptoms are instantly recognised: namely, the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours’. Being the opposite of xenophobia I propose to call this state of mind oikophobia, by which I mean (stretching the Greek a little) the repudiation of inheritance and home. Oikophobia is a stage through which the adolescent mind normally passes. But it is a stage in which some people—intellectuals especially—tend to become arrested.


The oik(ophobe) repudiates national loyalties and defines his goals and ideals against the nation, promoting transnational institutions over national governments, accepting and endorsing laws that are imposed on us from on high by the EU or the UN, though without troubling to consider Terence’s question, and defining his political vision in terms of universal values that have been purified of all reference to the particular attachments of a real historical community.

The oik is, in his own eyes, a defender of enlightened universalism against local chauvinism. And it is the rise of the oik that has led to the growing crisis of legitimacy in the nation states of Europe. For we are seeing a massive expansion of the legislative burden on the people of Europe, and a relentless assault on the only loyalties that would enable them voluntarily to bear it. The explosive effect of this has already been felt in Holland and France. It will be felt soon everywhere, and the result may not be what the oiks expect.

                                            Roger Scruton, England and the need for Nations

How about these? Xenophiliac oikophobes? Or oikiophobic xenophiles?


  1. NickM says:

    Is there a word for fear of the kitchen? Because all the Gods you don’t want to see mine at the minute.

  2. berenike says:

    “Kozmopolityzm” in Polish tends to have negative connotations; someone who does not have natural, fitting loyalty to or love for his country, someone to whom all countries are the same. I was struck by this the first time I came across the word in some article or other, being so used to the usual English sense of “cosmopolitan” and the approbation generally attached to the quality it signifies.

  3. Paul Marks says:

    “Everyone is special” – which means “no one is special”.

    Yes I got that from “The Incredibles”.

    People who go about how their (Western) country is wrong about everything and how the enemy are wonderful…. do not really love other cultures.

    For example, they do not know of (let alone support) the Islamic arguements about the role of women.

    All they are doing is supporting “the oppressed” against “the oppressor”.

    With “the oppressor” being, by definition, the Western powers.

    It is a form of Marxism – but carried on at a world level.

  4. Andrew Duffin says:


    You mean it is not a morbid fear of Oiks?

    I am disappointed.

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