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    bohomian =person with unconventional life (Why)

    (often not capital) a person, esp an artist or writer, who lives an unconventional life

    The quoted words are the definition about bohomian. I looked it up and learned it refers to people living in Czech.

    I am very curious why Bohomians are associated with such a trait in English. Please help. Thank you!

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    Re: bohomian =person with unconventional life (Why)

    Literary "Bohemians" were associated in the French imagination with roving Romani people (called "bohemians" because they were believed to have arrived from Bohemia[5][6]), outsiders apart from conventional society and untroubled by its disapproval. The term carries a connotation of arcane enlightenment (the opposite of Philistines), and also carries a less frequently intended, pejorative connotation of carelessness about personal hygiene and marital fidelity. The Spanish Gypsy in the French opera "Carmen" set in Seville, is referred to as a "bohémienne" in Meilhac and Halévy's libretto (1875).

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