simpleton, you


simpleton, you
   ‘Is that poetry, you poor simpleton?’ asks a man of his friend, in Magnus Merriman, by Eric Linklater. Simpleton first appears in the mid-seventeenth century, apparently a fanciful formation based on simple and inspired by last names such as Newton. There was at one time a similar ‘idleton’, which did not survive.
   ‘Simpleton’ itself has not survived especially well, though it was given a new lease of life when American college students shortened it to ‘simp’. ‘You simp’ would have been heard in the early part of the twentieth century being bandied about on campuses, and may still be used by those who were students at the time. It occurs, for example, in one of the Isaac Asimov short stories.

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