Posted by TheFallen on May 08, 2003
In Reply to: Re: The meaning of a phrase posted by S. on May 08, 2003
: : What is the meaning of the phrase "It takes a village to raise an idiot?"
: I think it's just a goof on Hillary Clinton's "It Takes a Village [To Raise a Child]". That is, it has no meaning; it's just a joke.
I think Hilary stole an old African saying. Yes, it's poking fun at this, and is helped by the fact that the concept of "village idiot" is well-known.