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Post by Archived Topic » Mon Dec 06, 2004 1:44 am

Anyone know its origins? It's not a word one hears very much in England.

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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:13 am

In sports it has a special, almost friendly connotation:

bonehead play...error, esp...by bad judgement--Dict of Am. Slang, H-C
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Post by Archived Reply » Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:27 am

See "player only as good as his last game"
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BONEHEAD and BONEHEADED have been around since the early 1900s and are applied to slow-witted/stupid/dull people. Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang, in addition to fool, dullard, and idiot, also includes ‘stubborn person’ and cf.’s include 'hulverhead,' 'loggerhead,' and 'lunkhead. And, of course, not included (but should have been) is ‘knucklehead’ and ‘numbskull.’ The word according to Chapman’s Dictionary of Slang comes “from the notion of the head being all bone, no brain” and Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang says “the image is of the hardness of bone.”
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Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang

BONEHEADED adjective: stupid <1903 in ‘Dictionary of Americanisms’ by Mathews: “You talk like a bone-headed fool.> <1915 in ‘New Stories’ by Grayson, p.552: “If these boneheaded boys can learn to box, so can I”>

BONEHEAD noun: a blockhead <1908 in ‘Unforgettable Season’ by Fleming, p.253: The epithets hurled at Chance [included... ‘bone head.’> <1908 in ‘Chicago Daily Tribune’(Sept. 24), p.12: “Then came the bonehead finish which left the bugs puzzled and wondering.”>
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