One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person resembling Dickens's Mr Podsnap, embodying insular complacency, self-satisfaction, and refusal to face up to unpleasant facts.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. From the name of John Podsnap, a character in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend, known for his complacency and refusal to face up to unpleasant facts.
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