Fool vs Foo - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between fool and foo
is that fool
is (pejorative) a person with poor judgment or little intelligence while foo
is (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 or foo
can be (slang) fool, foolish person.
As a verb fool
is to trick; to make a fool of someone.
As a interjection foo is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(pejorative) A person with poor judgment or little intelligence.
- You were a fool to cross that busy road without looking.
- The village fool threw his own shoes down the well.
(historical) A jester; a person whose role was to entertain a sovereign and the court (or lower personages).
(informal) Someone who derives pleasure from something specified.
- Experience keeps a dear school, but fools' will learn in no ' other .
* 1975 , , "Fool for the City" (song), Fool for the City (album):
- Can they think me their fool or jester?
(cooking) A type of dessert made of d fruit and custard or cream.
- I'm a fool for the city.
A particular card in a tarot deck.
- an apricot fool'''; a gooseberry '''fool
* (person with poor judgment) See also
* (person who entertained a sovereign) jester, joker
* (person who talks a lot of nonsense) gobshite
To trick; to make a fool of someone.
To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.
- Is this a time for fooling ?
* See also
* fool about
* fool around
* fool's errand
* fool's gold
* fool's paradise
* more fool you
* play the fool
* suffer fools gladly
* there's no fool like an old fool
Circa 1935 as nonsense word, circa 1960 in programming sense.
Originated circa 1935 as nonsense word in (Smokey Stover)'' comic strip (1935–73) by (Bill Holman) (from which also foo fighter).
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) ,
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The History of Bill Holman]", [http://www.smokey-stover.com/ Smokey-Stover.com], Smokey Stover LLC – article by nephew of Bill Holman
["[http://web.archive.org/web/19990222143614/http://members.aol.com/EOCostello/ 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.
(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)
* (expression of disgust) darn, drat
Abbreviation of .
(slang) fool, foolish person.