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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You could just about stomach all that money being in the hands of one man - even one man who, when attending matches, looks 90 per cent village idiot - because Abramovich did not appear the sort to abuse his wealth by bedding the kind of women you never see on tubes.
Now it is up to the Atomic Fairy, the village idiot Wally and his mother Dame Dolly to pit their wits against the evil Enchantress and rescue Belle from the Beast Audiences can expect two-and-ahalf hours of toe-tapping song and dance, stunning costumes, fantastic sets and effects all wrapped up in a hilarious script.
I think any working class person who votes for the Tories in her era, or now, is simply a village idiot, they are not for the working class people.
Pre-sale outlets include: ColaKicks, located at 902 Harden St.; Green's Beverages, 400 Assembly St.; Cycle Center, 1001 Harden St.; Village Idiot Pizza, 2009 Devine St.; and Yesterday's Restaurant and Tavern, 2030 Devine St.
Now it is up to Fairy Enchante, the village idiot Wally and his mother Dame Dolly to pit their wits against the the evil Enchantress and rescue Belle from the Beast.
Despite numerous warnings from horrified locals pleading for them to "Turn back now - while you still have the chance!" the couple determinedly carry on regardless, ignoring all logic, instinct and their better judgement because they have previously been assured by "Farage", the local village idiot, that the "Count's B&B" is the best in the area.
A fisherman has stuck his hand in the winch of his brother's boat, and it all gets a bit squeamish as imbecile police officer Joe (John Marquez) asks helpfully: "Shall I reverse the machinery?" Village idiot Joe is getting married to the doc's nanny Janice (Robyn Addison), which becomes the focus for this episode.
Mittal, who has performed in India, Britain and the US, will be making her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe festival later this year with her show Global Village Idiot .
While denying MicroRadian was into treasure-digging, a report made by the firm in a letter to the town administration carried the account of a 'village idiot' who 'somehow found 1,000 kg of gold bullion' in the church complex 'and did so unnoticed by anyone.'
I've just come back from holiday with my two girls and in every single photo they are smouldering into the lens while I am in the middle beaming away like the village idiot.
It seems they were suspicious of the groom's family, and thought they had "represented' one groom, but were actually trying to pull a fast one and marry off another son--who was sort of the village idiot.
Not in my book, but then I'm a thick Mick, oiwnseach (Gaelic female fool), a culchie (village idiot) - not to be confused with a jackeen (a city wide boy).
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