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Funny headline: “Military aviation body set up after fatal Nimrod crash”

The obvious question to me was: Who names a military plane Nimrod?

That word must have two meetings, right? So I turned to good old Merriam-Webster for answers.

Main Entry: Nim·rod
Pronunciation: \ˈnim-ˌräd\
Function: noun
Etymology: Hebrew Nimrōdh
Date: 15th century

1 : a descendant of Ham represented in Genesis as a mighty hunter and a king of Shina.

And according to the American Heritage Dictionary at, Nimrod can also be used as an informal term referring to a person as silly, foolish or stupid.

Its informal use probably stems from the phrase “poor little Nimrod,” used by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny to mock the hapless hunter Elmer Fudd, according to

Yet again, Warners Bros humor entertains and educates. Who said cartoons are for kids?


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