What is goofy?

What Does goofy Mean

Mentecato is an adjective that refers to someone of poor understanding or judgment . A fool, therefore, is a stupid, unintelligent or reason- deprived person . For example: “You cannot leave the most important decisions of the company in the hands of a fool like Aníbal” , “You are a fool who doesn't understand anything” , “You have behaved like a fool” , “If Enrique accuses me of fool, I'll be forced to quit my job . "

The etymology of mentecato leads us to mentecapto , which comes from the Latin juxtaposition mind captus . This can be translated as "taken in mind" or "deprived of mind" , that is to say, that he has his mind captured or prey and that, for this reason, he cannot use it normally.

The notion of fool, therefore, can be associated with terms such as fool , fool , idiot , stupid, or memo . It is an insult or at least an aggressive and derogatory word. Its use, in addition, is linked to the geographical region since, in certain countries, it is not frequent for someone to attack another person with this qualifier.
The concept appears in various literary works. Miguel de Cervantes wrote in Don Quixote de la Mancha : “… and I seek for my own glory the narrowest and most difficult path. Is that, silly and goofy?" . In another fragment of the book, the Spanish writer indicates: “You are crazy, and if you were alone and within the gates of your madness, it would be less bad; but you have the property of driving those who treat and communicate you crazy and foolish … ” .
Society and insult
The choice of vocabulary that is intended for the insult is certainly very interesting, since it varies according to the geographical region, the historical period and the age of the emitters. The term fool is not widely used today, but it is well known to most Spanish speakers, and is often part of phrases with a humorous tone and without the intention of hurting the interlocutor. And this already shows another curious aspect of the insult: the same word can cause pain or joy, depending on the context .
In countries like Argentina, Spain and Italy, insult is a fundamental part of culture , especially everyday speech; In other parts of the world, however, people go about their day to day without the need for this particular portion of language. Returning to the aforementioned curiosities, the term "gay" is currently used, for example, to verbally attack other people or to despise a product, at the same time that it serves as a synonym for homosexual.

This is the reason for endless discussions and projects to modify speech to stop promoting hatred through language; How do you explain that a word whose original meaning was "happy," "bright," and "attractive," came to mean "homosexual" and later "shoddy"? The power of words, evidently, exists only in the use they receive; They do not have independence from the human being, but he controls them at will and can turn them into lethal weapons.
Regarding the term goofy, no one can be happy to be considered slow, dumb, unable to solve common problems or understand simple commands. However, this does not seem to matter to those who use it for aggressive purposes, as may happen if someone accuses another of being "the class dummy" in public. But once again, in a phrase such as "oh, look, you're stupid, eh ...", it is not common for there to be hatred or contempt, but rather a nice way of pointing out someone else's mistake.

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