I am analyzing a text and have come upon this sentence:

For these fools of men and their woes care not thou at all! 1

I suspect there is something interesting about this construction, "fools of men". I searched the OED for something like this under «fool» and «man» with no luck.

Searching Google, I found other ocurrences which appear to mean the same thing.

Girls are laid under an apparent restraint by their mothers, in hopes that their outward carriage will deceive poor fools of men, and be the means of procuring them a husband. 2


And then I said we ought to be off and show a clean pair of heels. But my fools of men refused. 3

What is the meaning of "fools of men"?

  • Look up the word of in some decent online dictionaries (Oxford, Websters, American Heritage, MacMillan) and see what they say. – AmE speaker Aug 15 '17 at 14:56
  • care not thou is ungrammatical. Are you sure you’ve transcribed it properly? – Jim Aug 16 '17 at 1:28
  • @Jim I'm sure. This text is a little strange. – Pedro Lamarão Aug 16 '17 at 14:18

Fools of men means men who are fools or foolish men


There also seems to be a hint of 'foolish examples of men" to this phrase. If the rest of the context is very judgmental, the phrase could also convey something along the lines of "a sorry excuse of a man."

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