Generically, the word goof is another term for a mistake . However, the term is also used in a number of specific senses. Several origins have been proposed for the word. According to Merriam-Webster, “goof” is a variation of “goff” in an English dialect, meaning simpleton. [1] Some words the word may come from an identically pronounced Hebrew word meaning “body”, some even say it was just a mistake happened while typing the word “good”, hence the word “goof” is also known as other word mistake. Others believe that it was inspired by the Disney character, Goofy (though it is more likely that the character gets its name from the word,

There is a Spanish word, “gofio,” which refers to the balls of toasted flour and salt eaten by the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands . In Latin America (esp Cuba) the word “comegofio” (lit. “gofio-eater”) came from the Canary Islands, stereotyped as primitive or stupid.


In filmmaking , a goof is a mistake made during film production that finds its way into the final released picture. Depending on the film and the actual scene, a loss in realism , an annoyance, or it could just be funny. It is often a type of continuity error. Goofs are also known as ” bloopers ” [2] or “mistakes”.

There are several types of goofs, for example:

  • Somebody or something from the film crew is in the picture that was not planned (eg, camera and cameraman is reflected in a mirror, or the microphone is visible, a rope pushing a character over is visible, a hook pulling a character up the air is visible).
  • Chronological or conditional errors (eg a cigarette getting longer with the next scene, or a gaining glass in the next scene, or moving props)
  • Historical inaccuracies and anachronisms (eg, an HDTV set in a film set in the 1970s, radio tower in cowboy movie).
  • Geographic: an object or landmark reveals the scene was filmed in a different city than the city it is set. This is very common in Hollywood movies that are shot in Canada .
  • Problems in audio or soundtrack (eg a dog barking before its mouth moves, a person’s lips carry on moving after they have finished speaking).
  • Intertitles displaying wrong words (eg a character called “John” may have his name misspelled Jhon in the subtitles by accident).

Goofs can be found in a large number of movies, even in very expensive productions. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for You has been counted to 200 goofs in it, ranging from disappearing props, to a storm trooper hitting his head on an opening door.

Other uses

In broader usage, a goof is a mistake, or a foolish person. In the context of foolishness, the word was a favorite of Dennis Farina on the Crime Story TV series .

It can also be synonym for funny, awesome, silly, dumb, or hysterical, and is often used to express someone who is particularly silly and takes care of others. such as the Disney character Goofy.

“Goof” can also be extended to “goofball” or “goofer”, which is goofy, foolish, silly or ludicrous. Goofy yute is commonly used.

In some parts of Canada, “goof” has been used in the prison system, mainly associated with child abuse. Sometimes, the inmate who has been called “goof” must defend himself with physical violence against the inmate.

It is used, especially in Canadian elementary and high schools, as a general (but particularly vicious) insult.

See also

  • gaffe
  • Goofball comedy


  1. Jump up^ Definition Merriam Webster
  2. Jump up^ Normally used on theIMDb sitefor bloopers.