Thursday, July 2, 2009

Legume, Idiot or Ficitonal Mechanic? All of the Above


funny word of the day: goober

Goober can mean several things, two definitions of which are below from Merriam-Webster:

1goo·ber
Pronunciation:
\ˈgü-bər, ˈgu̇-\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu ŋguba peanut
Date:
1834
Southern & Midland : peanut


2goober
Function:
noun
Etymology:
earlier slang goob, goober kiss, pimple, penis, probably of imitative origin
Date:
1980
slang : a naive, ignorant, or foolish person

I'm assuming that when Andy Griffith named Mayberry's auto mechanic Goober Pyle, it was because he was a "naive, ignorant or foolish person," not a peanut. According to Wikipedia, George Lindsey, who played the role (pictured above), initially read for the part of Gomer Pyle, which went to singer Jim Nabors. Both Lindsey and Nabors came from Alabama, evidently home of many goobers.

Goobers are also a popular movie snack of chocolate-covered peanuts. Those were always my favorite and, in my opinion, far superior to Sno-Caps and Jujubees.

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