n. The fear of appearing unsophisticated and uncultured. Also: rubeaphobia, rube-ophobia.
rube-aphobic adj.

Example Citations:
I can't decide. Is good taste or chronic rube-aphobia at the heart of the opposition to the Kansas City CowParade?
—Mike Hendricks, "How now on cows, Cowtown?," The Kansas Sity Star, July 19, 2000

A better strategy is to “be proud of what you do, grow it,“ Hill said. “Avoid rubeaphobia.”

That’s a word he coined meaning the fear of being thought a rube for not chasing every new economic development trend.
—Avrum D. Lank, “Speaker Encourages Chicago Manufacturing Seminar Not to Fear Science,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 2, 2004

Earliest Citation:
Still, there is a real context for Mrs. Clinton's remarks that goes beyond Arkansas to one of the more pervasive, if little-discussed, maladies of American life: rube-aphobia.

The term, which was first bandied about in Texas in the 1980's, does not refer to fear of bumpkins and hicks, but the opposite: the fear that unless you have the approval of the media powers and taste makers in Washington, New York and to a lesser extent Los Angeles, you're treated like a bumpkin or a hick.
—Peter Applebome, "It's Not Called Arkansas for Nothing," The New York Times, August 16, 1998

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