One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Uneducated or unenlightened people collectively, philistines; the domain of such people; the community, culture, or lifestyle of philistines; philistinism.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), novelist, Church of England clergyman, and controversialist. From Philistia, name of the land of the Philistines, probably alteration of post-classical Latin Philistaea (also Philisthaea) from Byzantine Greek Φιλιστιαῖα) from Hellenistic Greek Φυλιστιιμ.
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