Idiot vs Foo - What's the difference?

idiot | foo |

As a noun idiot

is (slang|derogatory) a proponent of intelligent design.

As a proper noun foo is

(dated|fandom slang|jocular) a mock deity of early science fiction fandom; a fannish ghod.



Alternative forms

* eejit * idjit, idget (eye dialect)


(en noun)
  • (pejorative) A person of low general intelligence.
  • usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
  • (obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * genius



    Etymology 1

    Circa 1935 as nonsense word, circa 1960 in programming sense. (detailed etymology) Originated circa 1935 as nonsense word in (Smokey Stover)'' comic strip (1935–73) by (Bill Holman) (from which also foo fighter).foo]”, ''[ The Jargon File Holman states that his usage was from seeing “foo” on the base of a jade (etyl) figurine in , meaning “good luck”, presumably a transliteration of the (fu character) , " The History of Bill Holman]", [], Smokey Stover LLC – article by nephew of Bill Holman"[ Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion]" and figurines of the trio of eponymous male "star gods" are common in Chinese communities. Meaning influenced by fooey, fool, and feh. Used throughout the comic strip’s run, with later uses in the 1930s include ''(The Daffy Doc)'' (1938) and ''[[w:Pogo (comic strip), Pogo]. In computing usage, popularized by the (Tech Model Railroad Club) (TMRC), whose 1959 Dictionary of the TMRC Language , had an entry similar to the following, parodying the mantra (Om mani padme hum) (replacing om with foo ): : FOO: The first syllable of the sacred chant phrase “FOO MANE PADME HUM.” Our first obligation is to keep the foo counters turning. Related also to foobar, which is presumably derived from foo rather than the reverse.


    (wikipedia foo) (-)
  • (computing) A metasyntactic variable used to represent an unspecified entity. If part of a series of such entities, it is often the first in the series, and followed immediately by bar.
  • Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar .


    * RFC 3092, Etymology of "Foo" , (Internet Engineering Task Force) (IETF)

    Etymology 2



    (en interjection)
  • Oh foo – the cake burnt!
    * (expression of disgust) darn, drat

    Etymology 3

    Abbreviation of .

    Alternative forms

    * foo'


    (en noun)
  • (slang) fool, foolish person.
  • Etymology 4

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • Quotations


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