On Apr 20, 2004, at 9:37 AM, Typo. [AS8] wrote:
> I still hope this is not a world of idiots...
I would think it is!
An idiot is, or originally was, "a private person, one not engaged in
any public office." Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable adds, "The
Greeks have the expressions, “a priest or an idiot” (layman), “a poet
or an idiot” (prose-writer). As idiots were not employed in public
offices, the term became synonymous with incompetency to fulfil the
Idiot typographers are amateurs, occasional putters of letters, etc.