D’oh: (interjection) used to express dismay when one has done something stupid
It is difficult to comprehend that to most of the generations which inhabited the Earth, the name “Homer” evoked images of Achilles, the Trojan War and the adventures of Ulysses in the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Nowadays, “Homer” is only associated with a man named Simpson.
He lives in Springfield, Illinois, and is a cartoon character.
I seriously doubt if there’s anyone under the age of thirty who is much aware of the adventure-telling Homer from the past, unless in spending so much time in the library, he or she is bullied incessantly.
Just as the Greeks needed Homer, the great poet and writer, to lift their spirits about their culture, conquests and potential, we apparently required our Homer to make us feel a little less convicted and burdened by our mediocrity.
Let’s be honest.
It’s nice to know that someone is dumber than yourself.
Matter of fact, I’m going to venture a guess that each one of us has an individual—or maybe even individuals—that we keep around as friends just to make sure that we are the ones who answer the most questions watching the Jeopardy! reruns.
Not only does our “Homer of the Simpson” have a characterization of dullness and ignorance, he has a catchphrase, so we will know when even he has discovered how ridiculously inept he is.
“D’oh!” He doesn’t have to say anything else.
Marge, Bart and Lisa know that Papa Simpson has once again ruined a vacation, placed them deeper in debt, destroyed a barbecue or somehow or another put a huge hole in the roof.
While we extol the glories of education, we all must realize that we each fall short of the glory of our plans.
At that point, we need to be able to say something that is comical enough to curb the embarrassment.