Nim­rod

Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Up Front -

I’m sure we all know a few. The word “nim­rod” actually means “skill­ful hunter” and comes from Nim­rod, the great-grand­son of Noah, one of the most pow­er­ful bib­li­cal kings. It sounds like a com­pli­ment, right? So when did it come to mean an in­ept per­son? Dur­ing the golden age of US an­i­ma­tion, Bugs Bunny called Elmer Fudd a nim­rod in an episode of Looney Tunes – which is kind of like call­ing your friend “Ein­stein” after they say some­thing dumb. Bugs’ sar­casm just stuck.

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