If you have seen my website or book publicity you will have noticed that I use the uniquely identifying title of idiot. Just after generic descriptions of author, songwriter and poet. So, just for those 000.21% to 000.47% of my very few readers who may be curious as to why I use this, I am happy to explain. Really happy in fact.
An idiot is someone who is often dazed and unable to think clearly and lacking intelligence or common sense. So far, so good I think. Clear, concise and reflecting my personal qualities outstandingly. The noun idiot originally referred to layman or a person lacking professional skill. Another precise clue to my CV here. An idiot is also defined as a person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning. Well, that one just about nails it in the head.
Idiot as a word is derived from the Greek ἰδιώτης, idiōtēs means a person lacking professional skill or a private citizen or individual. Or In Latin the word idiota means ordinary person or layman.
The related word idiocy dates to 1487 and may have been analogously modeled on the words prophet and prophecy.
Wow, now that is a really cool reason to have my idiot moniker.
So now, let’s have a look at why I don’t like to be called a fool. Not at all. In fact, I can handle being called almost anything except a fool. Why?
A fool is defined as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently or someone easily duped. It also refers to someone ridiculously trivial or frivolous, helpless or defenseless. In addition a fool is the the butt of a joke. None of this refers to me at all. So far off the mark it would be ridiculous to even condiser associating me with this word.
A glance at a thesaurus adds to my argument.
I do not consider myself as an ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, moron, clod; informal nitwit, halfwit, dope, ninny, nincompoop, chump, dimwit, dingbat, dipstick, goober, coot, goon, dumbo, dummy, ditz, dumdum, fathead, numbskull, numbnuts, dunderhead, thickhead, airhead, flake, lamebrain, zombie, nerd, peabrain, birdbrain, jughead, jerk, donkey, twit, goat, dork, twerp, schmuck, bozo, boob, turkey, schlep, chowderhead, dumbhead, goofball, goof, goofus, galoot, lummox, klutz, putz, schlemiel, sap, meatball, dumb cluck.
No. I am an idiot, not a fool. And very proud of my status.