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Stupidity

Abdera
maritime city whose inhabitants were known proverbially for their stupidity. [Gk. Folklore: Benét, 2]
Boeotians
inhabitants of rural Greek district; considered by Athenians to be dolts. [Gk. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 124]
Chelm
mythical place inhabited by amiable simpletons. [Jew. Folklore: Rosten, 84]
donkey
chooses cuckoo’s singing over nightingale’s. [Ger. Folk-lore and Poetry: Brentano and Arnim, Des Knaben Wunderhorn; NCE, 363]
Dull, Anthony
archexample of stupidity. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Elbow
ignorant, blundering constable. [Br. Lit.: Measure for Measure]
Gimpel
a baker, foolish to the point of saintliness, is cuckolded and mocked, becomes a Wandering Jew. [Jewish Lit.: Singer Gimpel the Fool in Weiss, 174]
Mendel, Menachem
hopeless schlemiel who devises impossible enterprises. [Yid. Lit.: Sholem Aleichem in Haydn & Fuller, 685]
pomegranate
symbol of foolishness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 176]
Simple Simon
simpleton of bumptious ways. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 385]
Slender
“though well-landed, an idiot.” [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Smith, Knucklehead
dummy with self-referring name. [TV: “Winchell and Mahoney” in Terrace, II, 190–192]
Snerd, Mortimer
a real dummy. [Radio: “The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show” in Buxton, 76–77]
Stephen
simpleton; made gapingstock by all. [Br. Lit.: Every Man in His Humour]
three wise men of Gotham
fools momentarily afloat in a light bowl. [Nuns. Rhyme: Opie, 193]
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No, Donald J Trump is proving that stupid people and stupidity are doing very well indeed - and Isis will be hoping he continues promoting fear, whipping up hysteria and playing into their murderous hands.
He concluded the article by asserting that Syria doesn't use the language of threats and bullying used by Erdogan; rather it is content to say that the behavior of Erdogan and his government is insane and stupid, and will achieve results similar to those achieved by all insane and stupid people.
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No, I don't have a knife on me, that's just stupid rumours spread by stupid people.
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The UK Government believe Scots are the most stupid people on Earth.
Stupid people are precluded for life from many professions - rocket science, brain surgery, international diplomacy - so there is no reason on earth why those stupid enough to take performanceenhancing drugs should not be barred from athletics.
acoboro I am getting really sick of these stupid people.
A safety net will cause stupid people to jump on it, however something needs to be done immediately.
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Shock tactics are the only way to ram the message into the heads of these utterly stupid people who don't strap their kids in car seats.