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gobemouche

gobemouche (goh-beh-MOOSH) - n., a silly, credulous person, someone who believes everything they hear, a boor.


Literally, in French, a fly swallower -- someone who stands with mouth open. A word that, alas, is not as popular as it once was, but I have hops of keeping it alive. I'm not sure how old it is in English, but was certainly in use in the mid-19th century, as evidenced by this quote from Thackery (from Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo):

“It was only a gobemouche of a Bavarian that could ever have been induced to accept it.”

---L.
Tags: french, g, noun
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