As I read in the forums this word comes up quite a bit and makes me question the meaning behind how some hubbers use of this word.
My way of looking at it is that a person is unable to speak ie they are deaf and dumb.
That is what I learned as to how to use the word dumb. But today it seems to have taken on a different meaning.
I have two meanings: "stupid" and "unable to speak."
It can also be used as a verb nowdays, as in to "dumb it down".
A common usage, although incorrect, is to equate it with ignorance.
Thank you wilderness. To equate the word "dumb" with ignorance is down right "dumb". lol
That my DUH button is stuck, or I had a brain fart, leaving me unable to respond.
Well im new to this and this is good question to ask. In my opinion dumb is repeating the same thing over and over and over and over and over and years later the same behavior is repeated. So you have to ask the question Are you dumb?
Really doesnt matter if you say "dumb, stupid, or retarded" it all pretty much falls under the same meaning stupid and retarded have more extensive meaning and can be offensive to others upon the use of the word. So choose your words wisely and who you say them to, you may get a response that you were not wanting.
I have been thinking about this lately, because I seen an interesting comment pop up one day. The person claimed to flag low quality comments in a heated debate. Fine, but what would the definition of dumb be if 1) They couldn't come back with a better comment due to the lack of knowlege, or 2)They were placed in a position to be too mute for a reply. Hmm, I think I just gave myself brain damage. Why would someone want to flag another for a comment, when the flagger couldn't come up with a better reply to?
Interesting. It makes me want to add: The discussion tends to focus on the importance of being careful about calling people dumb and the like. But how often do we not think someone is being dumb, stupid etc. - without actually saying anything! Should we not also get credit for our remarkable self-restraint?
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