village idiot


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village idiot

(1) A term of historic interest for a profoundly retarded or mentally ill person, who was generally regarded as harmless and accepted within the social structures of rural communities.
(2) A popular term for a person, of presumably normal intelligence, who behaves in a socially awkward or unintelligent way.
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People jump to conclusions about him, thinking he's the village idiot but there's so much more to him than meets the eye.
It was his chin on chest and eyes up behind the lids as he slurped through a seemingly endless succession of pints of scrumpy whichfirst put the notion of the Village Idiot into my brain.
But while the Kids from Lame are thoroughly modern about the curse of dyslexia, they love a good old-fashioned laugh at the expense of their very own village idiot Lola.
You may have thought the role of village idiot has been confined to history, but you'd be wrong.
And on ITV1's Grease Is The Word, he added: "It reminds me of the 16th Century where the village idiot came out and they threw rotten tomatoes.
Squire Hogroff (Derek Tousaint), Hortense (Dawn Baker), Lord Luvvers (Glyn Hughes), Lucinda Rosehip Hogtrough (Rosalind Wood), Mother Bundling (Kay Arblaster), the Village Idiot (Zacahary Titterton) and Adeline Wormwood (Dinah Mann) all plighted their troths as part of an 1820s country wedding event.
It is quite another proposition, however, to make a sitting president our national village idiot, especially when so many of us yearn for an executive symbol of wisdom.
His open-mouthed, white-toothed smile would have seen him hailed the village idiot, rather than the country's foremost statesman.
Add a Bank Holiday weekend and you'll reinforce the bond as the townies head for the hills and vales in the hope of picking up enough rural know-how to disprove that old countryman's maxim: "If you want to find the village idiot, you'll have to fetch him from town".
John Mills's portrayal of the village idiot earned him an Oscar.
JADE GOODY, everyone's favourite village idiot - unless you live in a village in India - has been busy getting her scary rubbery face seen to.
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