; a philistine
; one whose witless bumbling
has caused the destruction of something beautiful, such as keeping an artistic inspiration from becoming reality.
This is most commonly an unfair
characterization, as it probably was for the now legendary person from Porlock
who interrupted Samuel Taylor Coleridge
while he was trying to transcribe the poem he had just dreamed, Kubla Khan
Nevertheless, the term has crept into our vocabulary, as everyone has been through at least one experience where they could point to someone (perhaps themselves) and say "You really screwed the pooch
, you Person from Porlock!".