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“There goes a goober for ‘ya …”

My golf friends Dave and Ray introduced me a few years ago to a new moniker for locals I’d otherwise call rednecks.

“There goes a goober for ‘ya,” they’d say, referring to someone who was, well, a goober.

It’s a delightfully derisive term that’s a mixture of hick, hayseed, redneck and perhaps any other sort of Southern ruralism you’d care to apply.

With apologies to the original Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, the name now applies to the goobers who defile our walk ways.

With apologies to the original Goober on The Andy Griffith Show, the name now applies to the goobers who defile our walk ways.

I’m not sure of the exact origins of the name, other than it also referred to that hapless denizen of fictional Mayberry, Goober, who was a regular character on The Andy Griffith Show. Goober embodied all the things you envision in a goober: slow of wit, slow on the uptake, and mindless. But he was an affectionably kindly guy that you couldn’t help but like. Not so with the dolts we clean up after.

As you know, my description of litterers is fairly narrow and largely unimaginative; slobs, louts, jerks, idiots, morons, et al. But it occurred to me at roughly the halfway point in this morning’s stroll to add goober to my arsenal of less-than-flattering descriptors.

It is truly an apt term. It is at once insulting, derogatory, belittling and demeaning without being overly mean spirited. Which makes it an ideal way to reference the bums who toss stuff out that you and I have to pick up.

Here’s looking at you, goobers.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility (pickupyourpath.com). I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for pickupyourpath.com and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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