I did something stupid yesterday. "What a ruggit", I said to myself, meaning a stupid person. It occurred to me I hadn't heard the word for a while, so I looked it up, and found this source here
Someone a little mentally ambivalent - i.e. 'simple.
But I noted the etymology given
(Ruggits was the local 'special' school)
and I don't think it's right. I remember hearing the word in the mid-seventies, and the explanation I heard then was the same (a 10-year-old etymologist!), but I can't find any trace of a school with that name and don't believe it exists. Also, the source notes it as a south-western English term, and I was living in the south-east of England at the time; a school can't be 'local' to both areas.
So, can anyone shed any light on the matter? Does anyone know why a ruggit is so called?