A character frequently used in Greek jokes when the story requires an idot.
It is used also to clearly imply someone is a fool or acting foolishly if you address an individual as reh, Bombo. (Literally "Oi, Bombos.")
Bombos is also an interesting paradox that highlights a few curious nooks and crannies in the Cypriots' perception of themselves and the world.
For example, one joke explores the fifteen-year-old Bombos asking why his reproductive organ is four times as big as everyone else's in his class. The answer is that his scholastic performance was so poor that he was still re-sitting first year of infants.
Thus he was twice a fool.
Once for failing at school and again for not knowing that he had failed.
Yet in a TV survey broadcast some time in the year 2000, not one individual questioned in the town of Nicosia was willing to admit to remembering the last book they had read.
The generally robust responses were to the effect "What! Me? I don't read books".
One older male (45+) even boasted that he only ever read Plehboie (Playboy).
Yet onlookers and interviewer, (presumably a trained journalist), actually applauded this classically Bombos like display of intellectual non-performance.
Furthermore, the article was viewed as a good choice of material for broadcast on national television at prime time.
In another story Bombos is in a class of English language students, & is required to construct a sentence from the words green yellow & pink.
The efforts of his classmates are predictable, but our anti-hero comes up with "Green green (ring ring) goes the telephone. Yellow? (Hello?) No one there so hangs up the phone. Pink. (Sound of phone hanging up.)
Bombos originality and humour is automatically derided as stupidity in the assumption that he has failed to understand the question, without considering that perhaps his more pedestrian classmates were being laughed at by Bombos who was offering an entire short story instead of their one sentence.
Further, for the purposes of the joke, it assumes in the humorist's audience an understanding of basic English that a self confessed unread, anti-intellectual member of the public would be unlikely to admit to.