Numpty (alternatively spelled numptie) is an amusing word that describes an idiot, dolt or fool. Everyone knows a few numpties (just glance at political news, that’s practically all one sees) and many have even acted like a numpty on (the hopefully rare) occasion. Numpty is of Scottish origin deriving from the obsolete term numps (a fool or blockhead). Numpty reminds me of the term numbskull, which also means a thick-headed or foolish person. While I am no fan of name calling, especially in cruelty, calling someone a numpty when they are being particularly moronic works just fine. I mean everyone has a choice to remain a numpty or to open their minds a wee bit and stop being/acting like a total numpty!
Numpty is my new favorite word simply because it is so delightful to say and it applies to so much right now since that giant orange numpty is playing at “leading”!
Namaste ~ Ella
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