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podunk

1. adjective Completely insignificant, out-of-the-way, and unsophisticated or uninteresting. The last I heard he had moved to some podunk little town in the middle of nowhere.
2. noun A fictional rural place that is completely insignificant, out-of-the-way, and unsophisticated or uninteresting. Capitalized in this use. Why would such a slick company like them hire some farm boy from Podunk like me? You'd better learn your way around this city. You're not in Podunk anymore, kid.

Podunk

(ˈpodəŋk)
1. n. an imaginary rural town where everything and everyone is backward, old-fashioned, and inferior. This is the big city, not Podunk.
2. mod. rural and backward. (Usually podunk.) I want out of this podunk town.

Podunk

A relatively unimportant rural place, town, or region. It is actually the name of several real towns and the name is derived from Algonquian, in which it denoted the name of a people and a marshy location. Mark Twain referred to it in a deprecating way, talking about a controversy and saying “They even know it in Podunk, wherever that may be” (“Mr. Beecher and the Clergy,” 1869). See also boonies; one-horse town.
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However, it turns out that there really is a Podunk after all.
Back when all of New England was one vast, unbroken "forest primeval," a tiny band of Podunk Indians once lived on the east bank of the Connecticut (Quinnehtukqut) River, near what is now Hartford, and ranged as far afield as the scenic Quaboag Hills of south-central Massachusetts.
The first places to be called Podunk were a couple of meadows, one situated where the Hoccanum River flows into the Connecticut, the other roughly where the largest Podunk (population-wise) is located today, due west of Worcester, Mass.
Podunk, perhaps, is our most emblematic wide spot in the road, too small to merit even its own Post Office, Dairy Queen, or movie theater.
Since I owed a visit to my old high school friend Fred von Krusenstiern in Boston, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and drop in on Podunk along the way.
Almost all of Podunk lies within the boundaries of the Township of East Brookfield, which in turn is surrounded by the townships of Spencer, North Brookfield, and Brookfield.
Along either side of Podunk's low-lying roads are swampland, seeps, and vernal pools.
Since Podunk shares East Brookfield's 01515 zip code, it doesn't rate as a town per se.
In a pinch, one can even get buried at the Podunk Cemetery, which has a number of tombstones dating to the early 1800s.
Just to the west of Podunk are a couple of decent-sized ponds, Quaboag and Quacumquah-sit (quah-cum-QWAH-sit).