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Where did the word "cocamame" come from, and how did it get its connotation of meaning "idiotic"?

Is "cocamame" considered to be more or less severe than "idiotic" on the scale of idiocy?

Are there any words that would be even more idiotic than cocamame?

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closed as general reference by Matt E. Эллен, MετάEd, Robusto, Mitch, Bravo Nov 27 '12 at 17:05

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That's a misspelling of cockamamie – Matt E. Эллен Nov 27 '12 at 15:41
@MattЭллен - Thanks for pointing out the correct spelling. Looking for that spelling, I also find "cacamayme" given as yet another spelling in the question: english.stackexchange.com/questions/35412/… – lkessler Nov 27 '12 at 15:51

Cockamamie comes from the French word décalcomanie, a word used to describe the popular use of children's rub-on tattoos. It is another one of many words meaning foolish. The extent of foolishness described by the word is subjective.

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