Thursday, May 11, 2006

word of the day: nimrod

Genesis 10:8-9, in describing how the Seventy Nations were
founded by the descendants of Noah, says that Nimrod, son of Cush,
son of Ham, son of Noah, was "a mighty man on earth" and "a mighty
hunter before the LORD". The word "nimrod" is recorded in English
since 1545 with the (now obsolete) meaning "tyrant", and since
1712 with the meaning "hunter".

In contemporary U.S. slang, "nimrod" means "fool, numbskull".
Rex Knepp ingeniously suggested that the origin of this was Bugs
Bunny's taunt of Elmer Fudd: "So long, Nimrod." Unfortunately for
this theory, Jesse Sheidlower says that Random House has two
citations of "nimrod" = "numbskull" from the 1930s, before the Bugs
Bunny episode containing the taunt.


JJ said...

I've always wondered about that. There is that high school somewhere in the middle of the country the Fighting Nimrods whose mascot is a mighty hunter. I always thought he should shown shooting himself in the foot with an arrow.

GirlGoyle said...

I know an Arod mighty close to a nimrod. Same root as you can see. So Go Red Sox!!! excited for a minute.