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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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A council spokesman said: "We disagree with the tribunal's opinion that it was unwise to deal with this situation locally and we stand by the approach we have taken.
It is unwise to breakdown the government because if we do this then we will open the door to different unpleasant options," Aswad said.
His suggestion is unwise, unsafe and the public will be horrified.
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In his statement issued here, Saifullah said the unwise step by the presidency had multiplied the possibility of conflict between the national institutions which was unfortunate.
In 2008, Theo Fennell was impacted by both the economic climate and a number of unwise management decisions, resulting in a significant loss for the year," the firm said.
This development is indeed an unwise move which not only hurts the feelings of the Chinese people, but also undermines Sino-French ties,'' the official Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary carried by the China Daily newspaper.
The jobs market is experiencing a downturn so it would be unwise to jump ship without lining something up first.