The political mutterings of oafish celebrities are best ignored.
It was an appropriate response: violent oafs should be fired from their university jobs for violent, oafish behavior.
1620s, auf, oph (modern form from 1630s), "a changeling; a foolish child left by the fairies" [Johnson], from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian alfr "silly person," in Old Norse, "elf" (see elf). Hence, "a misbegotten, deformed idiot." Until recently, some dictionaries still gave the plural as oaves.