The term is derived from an alternate epithet of an early California sideshow performer Oofty Goofty. The used of the epithet is a barely recognized example of the racial insensitivity that was prevalent at the time.
The term did not spread very far from it's home state.(The expression, Like The Wild Man of Borneo was probably used mostly in California.)
by The Return of Light Joker February 18, 2008