village idiot

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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."


village idiot (plural village idiots)

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