Not much between the ears: how to say that someone is stupid

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter
stupid
There are many different ways of saying that someone is stupid, depending on factors such as who you are talking to, whether or not you care about offending someone, or how serious you are being.

We can describe someone who has trouble understanding things asslow or dim, but note that we almost always put words like a bit or rather in front of these words: Her husband’s a bit dim. My pupils were rather slow. A kinder way of describing a student who isn’t doing well is to use the verb struggle: My daughter struggles with maths. She’s struggling at school.

At a more advanced level, someone with a vacuousexpression has little sign of intelligence in their face, while an inaneremark is silly and has no real meaning.

In English, it is common to express critical ideas by using positive…

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