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What Does Rube Mean?

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The word 'rube' is used as a noun and the meaning it conveys is that of an unsophisticated person who hails from a rural area and knows little about the cultures and manners. But the word is used mostly as a name for a male child and is a variant of Reuben which is of Hebrew origin and conveys the idea of 'see, a son'.

But the word has achieved some fame in this world as it is a part of a term 'Rube Goldberg' which describes a phenomenon which is considered a humorous term that convey the idea of something that is employed in the performance of an easy task. The term is popular in America and in the United Kingdom the synonymous term for the same idea is 'Heath Robinson'.

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