= D =
Dr. Fred Mbogo /*m-boh'goh, dok'tr fred/ n.
[Stanford] The archetypal man you don't want to see about a
problem, esp. an incompetent professional; a shyster. "Do you
know a good eye doctor?" "Sure, try Mbogo Eye Care and
Professional Dry Cleaning." The name comes from synergy between
bogus and the original Dr. Mbogo, a witch doctor who was Gomez
Addams' physician on the old "Addams Family" TV show.
Interestingly enough, it turns out that under the rules for Swahili
noun classes, `m-' is the characteristic prefix of "nouns
referring to human beings". As such, "mbogo" is quite plausible
as a Swahili coinage for a person having the nature of a
bogon. Actually, "mbogo" is indeed a Ki-Swahili word referring
to the African Cape Buffalo, Syncerus caffer. It is one of the
"big five" dangerous African game animals, and many people with
bush experience believe it to be the most dangerous of them.
Compare Bloggs Family and J. Random Hacker; see also
Fred Foobar and fred.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.