Except it doesn't. Or, at least, it didn't mean idiot for the first few thousand years of its existence. Nimrod, is a Biblical king, great-grandson of Noah, a great hunter and not really an idiot at all.
So how did that happen? Well, it might have been the work of a bunny.
The first recorded incident of nimrod as an insult shows up in a dictionary of teen slang in the early '80s. And while nobody knows for sure how it happened, it's possible that the culprit is one Bugs Bunny. See, Bugs Bunny occasionally called Elmer Fudd Nimrod ironically; like calling dumb people Einstein. It's possible that kids who grew up on Looney Tunes heard the term, didn't get the reference, and just assumed that nimrod was just a cool insult, and one that was fun to say, at that.
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