I find a lot of people confuse being ignorant with being stupid. They are different.
To be ignorant of something (and one may be ignorant of a few few things, or a great many things) means that one doesn't know about something, and doesn't realize that one doesn't know.
To be stupid means not to have the capacity to work something out.
Quite honestly, research shows that an average I.Q. is more than sufficient to be able to work out most things. In order to receive a doctorate, one only needs 9 points above average.
So my point is that most people aren't really stupid so much as just ignorant about some things.
Stupid is not necessarily not having the capacity to work something out as much as it is not admitting that you don't know and not asking questions to resolve that problem. I see your point though.
Yuck, that was a long and ugly sentence! lol
Furthermore.... there are also people who have developmental disabilities and who are unable to work things out in the manner that most people do. Those people are not stupid. I have had students who do not have the ability to string enough words together to form a sentence, yet they can play the piano beautifully for 20 minutes or more without sheet music- something I cannot do.
stupid is knowing how to, where to, when to, and why to and still not doing it! ignorant is not yet having the answers to any questions, uneducated. stupid is not having the answers and pretending one does. unintelligent is sometimes not having the ability to be educated. stupid is having the ability and refusing to be educated.
When my wife doesn't know something, she is ignorant.
When I don't know something, I am stupid.
That's the scale!
Ignorance can also mean a willful refusal to learn something you didn't already know. Read Cagsil's hubs on ignorance.
Stupid is doing or saying something you shouldn't have, even though you knew immediately after, you ought to have known better.
I think you should all look up the meaning in the dictionary.
ig·no·rance /ˈɪgnərəns/ Show Spelled
[ig-ner-uhns] Show IPA
the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
stu·pid /ˈstupɪd, ˈstyu‐/ Show Spelled
[stoo-pid, styoo‐] Show IPA
adjective, -er, -est, noun
1. lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
2. characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.
3. tediously dull, esp. due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: a stupid party.
4. annoying or irritating; troublesome: Turn off that stupid radio.
5. in a state of stupor; stupefied: stupid from fatigue.
6. Slang . excellent; terrific.
The word means as I defined it in my first post. Many people use the words incorrectly and interchangeably because they are unaware of the meaning of the words. That's ignorance.
Is it stupidity? No. Stupidly is the ability to do things.
Hello; with all due respect, using the word stupid as a descriptive such as "that stupid radio" is not the same thing as "stupid from fatigue" etc. So it then depends on what context the word is used in.
I also said in one of my posts that "I am ignorant of lots of things I just haven't learned yet." So, I do claim to be ignorant of many things.
I don't know what you mean by "stupidly is the ability to do things" but either way, you might consider rephrasing your posts in future so you don't come off as being condescending -synonym-patronizing.
P.S. Stupid can also be used in the following manner " It is stupid to copy and paste material from another source and not cite it correctly."
Have a great day.
Where did I say that stupidity is the ability to do things????
I understand what you are saying about context of the word. I was referring to the many posts here in which some people refer to others as stupid.
My post disagreed with that. I don't think these people have a right to call others stupid.
I merely pointed out that not knowing something was a result of ignorance not stupidity.
Sophia; the line I referred to is the last line of your own post where you suggested we may all need a dictionary.
You didn't make any written reference to other people being rude in the forums initially, therefore it is not possible to know what you were thinking when you made your first post.
Kerry, when people define words according to what they think they mean, and not according to what they mean, I think it's adviseable that they use a dictionary.
Throughout our schooling, we were advised to check the meaning of words before we responded to them. I still do.
And I didn't have to make any reference to the many people that call other people stupid.
Doesn't it upset you that some call others stupid? It upsets me. Athough I disagree with many things that other people believe, I don't think they are stupid because they believe them, and I don't think that other people have the right to call them stupid.
Yes, they may be ignorant but that's okay. We all are, to some extent.
The difference between Ignorance and Stupid?
Ignorance is nothing more than a lack of knowledge.
Stupid isn't related to knowledge, because it's descriptive of someone's actions.
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