Date: Sun, 23 Apr 1995 23:56:05 -0700
From: THOMAS CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: spelling of dufus
Only a doofus would reject the "authority of any of the few dictionaries
opining on the subject" without explaining why the dufus would reject the
lexicographical explanation (even if it is to say "they don't know
diddlely about their proffession, which of course could apply to any of a
number of us Seekers of Truth)
On Mon, 24 Apr 1995, kim mckinzey wrote:
I have a professional interest in the spelling of this word: Breathed says it's
Doofus. I think the proper etymology is from the Popeye character Dufus. I do
NOT accept the authority of any of the few dictionaries opining on the subject.
Anyone know the origin of this word?