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    Like the village idiot

    What does "like the village idiot" mean?

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    It meas similar to, or having the characteristics of, the village idiot.

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    I read somewhere that the village idiot was often the consequence of inbreeding and numbers fell after the invention of the bicycle. I don't know if it's real or cod history, but it's a good story.

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I read somewhere that the village idiot was often the consequence of inbreeding and numbers fell after the invention of the bicycle. I don't know if it's real or cod history, but it's a good story.
    Cod history? Is that an expression?

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Cod history? Is that an expression?
    Yes. It means "not real". See definition 5 below.

    "cod (kɒd)vb (tr) , cods, codding or codded1. Brit and Irish to make fun of; tease
    2. Brit and Irish to play a trick on; fool

    n3. Brit and Irish a hoax or trick
    4. Irish a fraud; hoaxer: he's an old cod.

    adj (prenominal)5. Brit mock; sham: cod Latin.

    (From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Cod)
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    Re: Like the village idiot

    With modern modes of travel and communications, there should be a village ‹bermensch.

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Cod history? Is that an expression?
    It's not just an expression- it's a good one IMO.

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    "Cod history"? I dunno, sounds fishy to me.....

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    Re: Like the village idiot

    I thought my herring was going. Still, there's a time and a plaice for these things!
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    Re: Like the village idiot

    As long as the word serves a porpoise.

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