Genesis 10:8-9, in describing how the Seventy Nations were founded by the descendants of Noah, says that Nimrod, son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah, was "a mighty man on earth" and "a mighty hunter before the LORD". The word "nimrod" is recorded in English since 1545 with the (now obsolete) meaning "tyrant", and since 1712 with the meaning "hunter". In contemporary U.S. slang, "nimrod" means "fool, numbskull". Rex Knepp ingeniously suggested that the origin of this was Bugs Bunny's taunt of Elmer Fudd: "So long, Nimrod." Unfortunately for this theory, Jesse Sheidlower says that Random House has two citations of "nimrod" = "numbskull" from the 1930s, before the Bugs Bunny episode containing the taunt.
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