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Characters in pictures and text created by Gelett Burgess for his journal, The Lark, as boneless, quasi-human figures divided by their creator into two types: sulphites, independent thinkers, and bromides, platitudinous bores. In Goops and How To Be Them (1900), the first of a long series of amusing books intended to teach manners to youngsters, Burgess reincarnated the term but not the types, now presented as naughty, balloon-headed children.

Subjects: Literature.

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