The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
Laughter is an important part of a good relationship. It's an immense achievement when you can move from your thinking that your partner is merely an idiot to thinking that they are that wonderfully complex thing called a loveable idiot. And often that means having a little bit of a sense of humour about their flaws.
Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.