The earlier form of this term was ‘numbskull’, which shows the thought behind it, a person whose skull, or head, is numb.
   ‘You numbskulls’ occurs as a vocative in Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer. Tom Sawyer is called ‘you numskull’ by his aunt when he explains why he has poured painkiller down the throat of her cat. ‘I done it out of pity for him - because he hadn’t any aunt’ ‘Hadn’t any aunt, you numskull. What has that got to do with it?’ Tom’s ingenious explanation is that if the cat had had an aunt she would have administered the medicine to it to help it.
   ‘Numskull’ is still in occasional use as a vocative, normally used humorously to someone who is thought to be acting stupidly.

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