Thursday, April 21, 2011


A buffoon is a stupid person, a clown. It entered English in the 16th century from the Italian word, buffone, by way of the French, bouffon. Both words meaning a jester.

From one perspective being a buffoon is a profession, like a carpenter or smith. Think of that the next time you hear Donald Trump sound like an idiot running for President. Perhaps he is just playing the clown to hype his TV show.