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Was this the man that had played the part of a halfwit so successfully at Bar X ranch?

Trent Burton, the halfwit, and Trent Burton in action, were two different persons.

WORD ORIGIN

1670s, originally "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre;" sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is first attested 1755.

Phrase out of half wit "half out of one's mind" was in Middle English (late 14c.). Half-witted "lacking common sense" is from 1640s.

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