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Is this British slang, or American? I have never encountered this in my 62-year life, most of it spent in Australia and the UK. 09:46, 11 October 2011 (UTC)


Is there a reliable source for the alleged German origin, or was this just speculation on an editor's part? Centerone (talk) 08:31, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Probably not. The vowel seems wrong (it would be an o sound, not a u sound). Other dictionaries mention "goofus" and Scots "doof" as possible sources. It wouldn't surprise me if it was some combination of a blend, influence of similar terms, and/or pseudo-Latin. Or someone just made it up. Who knows? Chuck Entz (talk) 14:33, 13 August 2013 (UTC)