10 Alternatives to Calling Someone Stupid

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@josie_ (9763)
Philippines
March 11, 2017 8:10pm CST
Note: For those unfamiliar with my style of writing. This post isn't an advisory. Read only with an open mind and a sense of humor. "A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road." ~Henry Ward Beecher We no longer take the time and effort to learn the witty insults and clever comebacks of famous people like Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln or Groucho Marx. Nowadays we just give the dirty finger, use the "f" word or call the person we are having an argument with, "stupid". In my previous post "Are there bullies in mylot", someone called attention to the increasing use of name-calling. This kind of verbal abuse is a crude substitute for an argument. Here are some alternatives if you insist on calling another mylot member "Stupid" (It is better to take to task their discussion rather then the person who wrote it) 1. I was attracted to the title of your post. Maybe someday I'll read the article. (Adapted from a Groucho Marx's insult) 2. After reading your discussion, the first thought that came to my mind was, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" 3. Donald Trump's tweets make more sense than your article. 4. You must have spend a lot of time researching the dictionary for those difficult and arcane words. (For pompous writers who use highfalutin words instead of simple every day language) 5. Clever, only you could have thought of that. (This is a backhand compliment. But it might be wasted on a really stupid person) 6. If mylot deduct earnings for inane articles, you will never be able to make the minimum payout. 7. If Forrest Gump read your article, he would say "Stupid is as stupid writes" 8. I was looking for some clever and interesting post so I'll move on. 9. This could have been a great article. The only thing lacking was intelligence. 10. Did you write this article semi-conscious? Or you could comment, "This article is "@#&*!" and when the writer ask what you meant, respond with " I'm trying to be polite. It is a milder version of "?#@*&%!". Calling someone "stupid" requires little effort. Doing it in a witty manner need some brain activity. Image: Pixabay
Recently I've notice a spate of discussion about members being blocked by other mylot members. One post caught my eye and amusement, prompting me to write a...
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@prinzcy (32322)
• Malaysia
12 Mar 17
Sarcasm, all of them. Some still might not even get it.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@prinzcy _Some believe sarcasm is the language of the devil. Others consider it a better way of responding to verbal assaults or expressing disapproval of someone without it being too obvious.
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@owlwings (43915)
• Cambridge, England
12 Mar 17
Is this a discussion or a concussion? Maybe just a repercussion. Whatever, it made me cuss! BTW, it didn't pass the Readability test for 3rd Graders!
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@owlwings (43915)
• Cambridge, England
12 Mar 17
@josie_ I hope that you realised that my response was given (and meant to be read) in the same spirit as that in which you penned the original! I'm glad that you knew about the Readability Test (and tested it). I thought, without checking, that it was probably Grade 7 or 8 (as it should be) but wouldn't rate Grade 3 (of course). Your (revised) text actually rates at F-K Grade 5.5, though some scores put it as comprehensible to 8 - 9 year olds and others put it rather higher. Have you tried running the Guidelines through that site? They give a Grade Level score of 9.8, which is abysmal considering that the minimum age for joining myLot is 13 and that we have very many members whose first language is not English and whose comprehension level couldn't, therefore. be expected to be any higher than that of a 13 year old native speaker! Note: The link you gave doesn't seem to work. This is the one I used:
http://www.readabilityformulas.com/freetests/six-readability-formulas.php
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@owlwings _In the cosmic order of things, words and actions have a way of coming around to bite you in the you know where. Maybe I need a slap on my head to clear my mind in order to reevaluate the kind of humor that is acceptable in mylot. I've edited it and hopefully reduce the emotional distress of some readers.
@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@owlwings _Out of curiosity I tested this post for readability. Your text has an average grade level of about 7. It should be easily understood by 12 to 13 year olds. This test rates text on a U.S. school grade level. For example, a score of 8.0 means that an eighth grader can understand the document. For most documents, aim for a score of approximately 7.0 to 8.0. The formula for the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level
Free website readability test tool. Test your website or text's readability! Scores for Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease and Grade Level, Gunning Fog Score, Coleman Liau Index and Automated Readability Index.
@allen0187 (58438)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
Really witty although I doubt if I'll use it here in myLot. I get to say a lot of similar things in real life. I guess, my myLot version is the gentler version of my real self!
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@allen0187 (58438)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@josie_ be careful what you wish for. You might just get it.
@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@allen0187 _I think I would have liked bantering with your "real" self.
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@sjvg1976 (41132)
• Delhi, India
12 Mar 17
But why should I say someone stupid. The best thing is to avoid his or her discussion don't interact with such person
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@sjvg1976 _Of course not. But what happens if they make a comment in your discussion which you consider "stupid"?
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@sjvg1976 (41132)
• Delhi, India
12 Mar 17
@josie_ very simple just delete them
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@sjvg1976 _Where's the fun in that?
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@Morleyhunt (21736)
• Canada
12 Mar 17
That's an awesome list. I'll remember it. I've used one recently....that can be taken as a compliment or an insult...the writer decides....the reader will be left guessing.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@Morleyhunt _Women usually have a knack for giving backhand compliments. It is doubly satisfying when the recipient even thank you.
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@Morleyhunt (21736)
• Canada
12 Mar 17
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@paigea (35621)
• Canada
2 Apr 17
Oh I love all of these. Not going to use them, but fun to read.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
4 Apr 17
@paigea _Glad you enjoy the read. That was my main reason for posting it. But if the opportunity arises...
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@dodo19 (47044)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Mar 17
Those are definitely clever. I'll have to remember them.
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@dodo19 (47044)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Mar 17
@josie_ I did. They're good ones.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@dodo _Glad you liked them.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@dodo19 _Thank you.
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@LadyDuck (457304)
• Switzerland
12 Mar 17
This is a great list but I particularly I love number 3.
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@LadyDuck (457304)
• Switzerland
12 Mar 17
@josie_ I am pretty sure it was a nightmare you had as a kid, or some bad (very bad) movie you have seen and this man now reminds you the Beast of the movie
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@LadyDuck _I am at a loss why Donald Trump keeps popping up in my posts. Do you think deep down I am attracted to him? I am trying to recall what early childhood psychological trauma is triggering this adverse reaction.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@LadyDuck _Most evil characters in fairy tales that scared me were women. Even the beast in beauty and the beast elicited our sympathy. What would really be scary is voldemort (Steve Bannon) messing with Trump's head.
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@jaboUK (64362)
• United Kingdom
13 Mar 17
I love this post, it's both clever and witty. Well done.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
13 Mar 17
@jaboUK _Thank you. I edited it to make it more reader friendly thanks to the advice of @owlwings
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@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
12 Mar 17
This post is not stupid!
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@MALUSE (69416)
• Germany
12 Mar 17
@josie_ There are always intellectually challenged (!) people who misunderstand things. You can't get along with everyone.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@MALUSE _Thank you. There was some hesitancy on my part to post it Some people might misconstrue it as promoting abusive verbal behavior and find it offensive.
@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 17
When I was a teenager I was given a book called 'The Lowest Form of Wit'. It contained some wonderful sarcastic put-downs by some of the names you mentioned and many more besides. It became my bible. I must dig it out and have another read.
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@WorDazza (15833)
• Manchester, England
13 Mar 17
@josie_ But when the need does arise I can never remember them until about 10 minutes too late.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
13 Mar 17
@WorDazza _I suspect many members like me would enjoy reading a post where you might share some of those gems of witty insults and put downs. it's good to have a few of those at hand when the need arises.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
13 Mar 17
@WorDazza _ You have better memory recall. with me it's usually the next day when I slap my forehead and exclaim "Why didn't I think of that?" Makes no difference for both of us. The time for the witty riposte has pass us.
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@msiduri (5687)
• United States
4 May 17
One of my favorites, thought I've seldom used it, is "Do your mommy and daddy know you're using their computer?"
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
4 May 17
Your comment reminded me of the movie "The 40 year old virgin". Ignorance may sometimes be cause by lack of information. Stupidity is when you have it at the tip of your fingers and don't know how to use it.
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@ridingbet (66857)
• Philippines
13 Mar 17
hmm, i would just out an underscore in a letter to connote a word, like "i don't give a da_ n" thingy. guess i have to go back your discussion and use my magnifying glass to see who blocked you, my friend
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@ridingbet (66857)
• Philippines
18 Mar 17
@josie_ naaahhh! i cannot do it because you are like the magnificent Houdini who can hide things that nobody can find out.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
13 Mar 17
@ridingbet _ Good luck on your investigation,inspector Clouseau
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@Jon2071 (256)
• United States
9 Apr 17
Good ideas, but I don't think I want you to read my discussions lest some of these comments should appear under them. :-)
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
11 Apr 17
@Jon2071 _Now I'm curious. BTW, like the saying "Bark worse than the bite", I'm relatively harmless.
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@Jon2071 (256)
• United States
11 Apr 17
@josie_ The word "relatively" scares me. The question is-relative to what?
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
11 Apr 17
@Jon2071 _ When an aide de camp asked the Duke of Wellington what his military plans were on the eve of the battle of Waterloo, he replied "That would depend on what Napoleon does". Hopefully this answer your question "relative to what?"
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• Preston, England
4 Apr 17
my favourite put down - 'you really do have a head full of broken biscuits don't you?' and 'what colour is the sky on your World?'
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@skysnap (20154)
12 Mar 17
I think some peoplpee do impose their opinion on others. and it's funny they get away with it.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@skysnap _I keep an open mind for the possibility that I am wrong and their opinion was constructive and positive feedback.
@Beatburn (4287)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
I didn't get it.
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@josie_ (9763)
• Philippines
12 Mar 17
@Beatburn _I had a head concussion when I wrote it.
@kevinakash (2084)
• Sri Lanka
24 Apr 17
sarcastic indeed.
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