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The D'oh of D'oh!In case you're completely out of touch, d'oh is what Homer Simpson (of The Simpsons) says when he realizes he's just done something stupid. I can't track down where I saw it, but I'm pretty sure the spelling is the one Groening uses.
The moment when I realized there was something interesting about this expression was when I read the following Nancy cartoon (Nov. 16, 1999).
Nancy (studying math): Fractions are stupid I'll never even use these fractions in real life.
Well, actually Nancy didn't say d'oh, she just had those little exclamation marks above her head, but it was obviously exactly what she meant to say. So, I wondered, before The Simpsons, what did people say when they'd done something stupid? Is it possible that there was never a word in English for this idea before?
By the way, I just ran across a nice article about d'oh.
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@ April (2000)
o April (2002)