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Why is a person called a 'Duffus' when they do something stupid?

Is there any history behind this? There is a region in Scotland where Lord Duffus ruled.

Update:

Okay it is 'doofus' and not 'Duffus' Einstein.

Update 2:

‘Doofus’, coined c. 1960, appears to be a descendant of the much earlier Scots word ‘doof’, meaning a fool. ‘Doof’ itself may well be linked to the German adj. ‘doof’: dense, stupid, dull-witted. There is, despite this, no Yiddish origin, although some etymologists have suggested that there might be. There may also be a link to the earlier (1910s) ‘goofus’, which also means fool and which itself comes from ‘goof’, another Scots word, meaning simpleton, clumsy fool or silly person. (Google)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Stop acting like such a duffus. you know that it is a more politer way of saying dumb@$$

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  • skains
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Yiddish For Stupid

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  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know the history of the word, if there is one. I call our local Dallas news anchor "Duffus" because I can't think of a more fitting name for the way he looks and things he says.

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  • 4 years ago

    I'm offended, I have an ancestor with surname Duffus!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not really it's kind of like being called a moron

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No. It is another way of saying you are doing something stupid.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Like when they misspell doofus? Doofus!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ok we will start saying JON KURT instead... DUFUS!

    • Paul1 year agoReport

      Even better, 'Trump'

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