Dimwittedness


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Dimwittedness

See also Stupidity.
Allen, Gracie
(1906–1964) American comedienne who projected a scatterbrained image. [Radio, TV, Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 14]
Bodine, Jethro
oafish mental midget of millionaire hillbilly family. [TV: “The Beverly Hillbillies” in Terrace, I, 93]
Bullwinkle
dimwitted moose with penchant for pedantry. [TV: “Rocky and His Friends” in Terrace, II, 252–253]
Bunker, Edith
Archie’s lovable “dingbat.” [TV: “All in the Family” in Terrace, I, 47–48]
Compson, Benjy
33-year-old idiot loved and protected by his sister and both calmed and distracted by pictures that flow through his mind. [Am. Lit.: Faulkner The Sound and the Fury in Magill I, 917]
Costello, Lou
(1906–1959) dumpy American comedian; used dimwittedness to spark humor. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 171]
Drummle, Bentley
“heavy in comprehension”; suspicious of new ideas. [Br. Lit.: Great Expectations]
Elspeth
Flashman’s air-headed but beguiling wife. [Br. Lit.: Flashman]
Happy Hooligan
simple and harmless tramp, serene and optimistic despite constant bad luck. [Comics: Horn, 302]
Jeff
boob who usually bungles Mutt’s schemes. [Comics: Berger, 48]
Laurel, Stan
(1890–1965) bumbling foil for Oliver Hardy. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 425]
Moose
the epitome of “the obtuse jock,” or dimwitted athlete. [Comics: “Archie” in Horn, 87]
Palooka, Joe
semi-literate boxer, wholesome and bungling. [Comics: Horn, 343–344]
Rudge, Barnaby
grotesquely dressed, retarded son of a murderer. [Br. Lit.: Barnaby Rudge]
Zero
army private whose name and IQ are almost equivalent. [Comics: “Beetle Bailey” in Horn, 105–106]
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Recall that at the outset the narrative voice takes pains to note for us Delano's dimwittedness. I have called that opening passage provoking, because it establishes from the first a hierarchy of knowingness and, with it, an economy of readerly positions.
Unfortunately, there are journalists who -- through inexperience, a twisted sense of cop worship, or just plain dimwittedness -- will take what the police give them and run with it.
Shelley's joke turns on the fact that in classical times, Thebans were renowned for dimwittedness. Swellfoot's author, denied the example of Attic genius, treats the same subject as Sophocles but in a way inadvertently mock-tragic.
Patrick ("I love being purple!") takes goofy dimwittedness to his usual comic extremes, like when King Neptune (Tambor) tells SpongeBob to "be back with my crown in exactly 10 days" and Patrick gleefully boasts his pal could manage it in six.