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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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.

  • It is used in Charmed 4x02 "Charmed Again", t=22:43 – j4n bur53 Jul 3 at 22:32

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