Person A does not keep up with celebrities or popular entertainment. A knows that they exist, so I don't think sheltered is the right word.

Also, would it be a different word if A tried to forced herself to learn it?

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    @Pam they is referring to the celebrities and popular entertainment – TAAPSogeking Sep 15 '13 at 20:53
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    You mean people who have an actual life then? Words like fad-proof come to mind. – tchrist Sep 15 '13 at 21:51
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    Fluff-avoiders? Substance-seekers? – bib Sep 15 '13 at 22:06
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    If I wanted to speak positively of such a person (which I would), I would call him or her a "non-ephemeralist"—that is, a person who doesn't keep up with things of no lasting significance. I believe I've heard such people referred to as having "a low pop-culture IQ," which is a rather astonishing twist on the idea of IQ, when you think about it. – Sven Yargs Sep 16 '13 at 2:59
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    ‘Living under a rock’ is a notion often associated by such people, whether fairly or not. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 16 '13 at 6:52

If you were to frame it more in a more affirmative sense of what the individual does embrace, rather than what he or she does not, you could use "elitist" or "aesthete" or perhaps even "philocalist" (OED " A lover of beautiful things.") - all of which convey a sense of fine discrimination. Perhaps that person might be a "paragon" (OED - "A person of outstanding merit; a person who serves as a model of some quality") because they transcend such petty temptations.

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  • "Paragon" is what I am looking for. – TAAPSogeking Sep 24 '13 at 1:09

While something could certainly be constructed that would make sense to mean what you want, I think it's important to keep in mind the context of when such a phrase would be used. It sounds like you want something to use in everyday social conversation, which means that the answer must not only work but already be in common usage. I like "non-ephemeralist" from the comments, but it's not something that people actually say, so you'd have to follow it up by explaining what you mean in a lengthier form anyway.

I don't think there really is a specific word that fits. I might say something like "I don't follow pop culture," but that's probably overly broad - I do, for instance, follow the worlds of music and video games, which are certainly part of pop culture. You'd have to be more specific - "I don't follow celebrity gossip." Or, as a sort of metonymy, "I don't read tabloids."

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Some of these are spoken slang:



I'm sorry, I've only now realized you're not looking for a judgmental term, but for something complimentary. Someone's already come up with "fad-proof", and that gave me this idea:

  • fad-free

I construe it as a pun on fat-free. It might perhaps still be seen as derogatory, but this time not as directed toward you, but rather extending from you. There's a blog with that word:


According to the mass media, the current fads are all about being half-naked... but you don't have to sell your soul to be fashionable and look cute! Don't let anyone tell you that modesty is boring... or ugly, frumpy, dumpy, drab, or dull. Modesty is all about beauty. It is classic, timeless, and fad-free.

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  • Not necessarily the OP is looking for a positive expression. It is the users of this community who think "A" ought to be applauded, and have suggested complimentary terms. The OP's friend could very well be "out-of-touch" (for example) or "uncool. It's not clear from the OP's description. – Mari-Lou A Sep 16 '13 at 5:00

Anyway, some wild guesses following the question title, might be:

unfashionable, unstylish

or maybe reserved, discrete, if you mean someone introvert

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    I did not down vote you but your answer is off the mark. The person in question is not "informed" about the world of celebrities, what is often referred to as "cronaca rosa" or "pettegolezzi" (gossip) in Italian. This question has nothing to do with clothes or fashion as such. You can be an introvert and still watch television and read glam mags, so that doesn't cover it either. You could, perhaps, call her "not frivolous" or something along those lines. – Mari-Lou A Sep 16 '13 at 5:07
  • "Popular culture" (I was referring to title, as the question content was not clear to me when first put down) should not be made of gossip only. It also includes other aspects. – Pam Sep 16 '13 at 6:57

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