village idiot

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The term first appears in the preface to George Bernard Shaw's play Major Barbara, which opened in 1907. Shaw discusses how some people have treated madness or idiocy as a source of humor, remarking that "I myself have had a village idiot exhibited to me as something irresistibly funny."

Noun[edit]

village idiot (plural village idiots)

  1. (UK) A person widely known in their community for their stupidity and ignorant behaviour.

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