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Gobemouche

Definition: English adoption of a French term for describing a silly, naïve person; a “fly swallower”, someone who keeps their mouth open all the time (native English-speakers will recognize its equivalent of “mouth breather”). A credulous, gullible person who accepts everything they hear at face value as gospel truth.

Pronunciation: gaw-beh-MOOSH

Origin:

Directly assimilated from its unchanged, original French.

Why this word?

Many French words have a musical quality to their sound, and “Gobemouche” is no different.

Also, what’s great about this word is that it sounds like a wonderfully musical alternative to saying “slack-jawed yokel” (which is a lovely enough phrase, in and of itself.)

How to use the word gobemouche in a sentence?

Example: “You gobemouche moron.”

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Written by Veronica Jacobs

Veronica Jacobs is a fiction writer, blogger, academic editor, and sci-fi enthusiast. Currently working freelance (with a background in English Literature), she spends most of her time writing.

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