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an old ˈfogey/ˈfogy

(usually disapproving) (usually of an older person) a person with very old-fashioned or traditional views, opinions, etc: I’m not such an old fogey that I can’t remember what it was like to be a student.
A young person with old-fashioned views, style of dress, etc. is sometimes called a ‘young fogey’: He’s one of the young fogies who write for the ‘Spectator’.
See also: fogey, fogy, old

old codger/coot/fogy

Unflattering names for an elderly man. Old codger, dating from the mid-1700s, may imply that he is testy or crusty, whereas old coot, from the mid-1800s, indicates he is silly or ignorant. As for an old fogy, he may be hidebound in tradition. None of these is a desirable epithet, or, as Terrel Bell put it, “There’s only one thing worse than an old fogy, and that’s a young fogy” (commencement address at Longwood College, Virginia, June 17, 1985). A newer and decidedly vulgar synonym is old fart, dating from the first half of the 1900s. Phil Donahue said it of himself on his NBC television show in 1992: “I didn’t always look like an old fart like this.”
See also: codger, coot, fogy, old
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But the usefulness of his cultural reactions, too, is often muted by the creeper vines of fogyism. A Life in the Twentieth Century is peppered with the sort of parenthetical remarks your grandfather thinks of as real zingers, such as how "gay" used to mean something else before homosexuals took it over, or how "man" used to refer to all of humanity, or why can't we call "Native Americans" Indians anymore.
By the time it became popular, I was already snugly settled into old fogyism. Those of you who are comfortable with Metallica know this 1984 album, Ride the Lightning, and probably have a more favorable response to it than I.
But sometimes the drive to improve coverage appears to degenerate into old fogyism. In 1954 Arthur Hays Sulzberger attacked film critic Bosley Crowther's reference to Susan Hayward as "beautiful and exciting as she inadequately is." Sulzberger said: "I think the word `inadequately' is plainly insulting...it's extremely bad taste." Sulzberger, who hated modern art, responded to a photo of a Paul Klee drawing and Dore Ashton's intelligent review of Klee's art with one of many attacks on her reviews: "I don't generally get this positive about things that I don't understand, but I think I am going to say now definitely that I don't want anything of this kind in The New York Times again." Ashton left The Times within two years.
But I forgive him his donnish fogyism, his stubborn misunderstanding of the Columbian legacy.
The conclusions of opinion makers ranged from the usual bashing of teachers and schools to the supercilious fogyisms young people have endured at least since the days of Socrates.