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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For the early worshipper was none other than the village idiot, a nephew of the blacksmith, one who neither would nor could care for the church or for anything else.
Jaggers had looked on at this, as one who recognized in Joe the village idiot, and in me his keeper.
"Almost being run down by a car and then peltedwith tatties does not come into the category of hospitality" Grantown is not a big place, and no doubt members of the community will know the identity of the village idiots responsible for an incident which left two holidaymakers very upset and one of them injured.
And teary-eyed village idiots wrapped in Union Jacks spouting deranged gibberish outside palaces as they wish the best of luck to a baby who's just won the 7.5 billionto-one ticket in life's lottery.
The Link Village idiots and other hicks Retain an interest in politics Unaware of the fallacy Of a spurious democracy MPs think they serve the folk But are in fact a corny joke None of them know any answers Back down like limbo dancers Still they seek to rule the nation Blind to the concatenation It's a series of linked events That's made us malcontents Take it with a pinch of salt Flawed system is at fault.
After the footage was shared on social media, one person called the culprits "village idiots."
This what we have to defend." Asked by one member why white English people have so far failed to rise up against immigrants, he excitedly replies: "Once the crisis comes, apart from a few village idiots, most English people will turn into absolute savages.
I WAS appalled to read in the Record about those two village idiots Ant and Dec faking an asthma attack so that they could get help from One Direction and footage for their TV show.
As for the European Parliament, he said "it lives in a self-perpetuating federal fantasy" where "Euro-realists are considered village idiots".
Here in Britain, jokes about village idiots come thick and fast.
A waiter explained that this was the village idiot.
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