ignorant vs stupid : Common Errors in English

About ignorant vs stupid

A person can be ignorant (not knowing some fact or idea) without beingstupid (incapable of learning because of a basic mental deficiency). Andthose who say, “That’s an ignorant idea” when they mean “stupid idea” areexpressing their own ignorance.

ignorant Meaning(s)

  • (s) uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication
  • (s) uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field
  • (s) unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge

stupid Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who is not very bright
  • (a) lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity
  • (s) in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock
  • (a) lacking intelligence

ignorant in News

  1. To Cut or Not to Cut

    Once, in high school, I made a speech about my desire to be a neurosurgeon. The only talking point of this presentation I remember now was a joke about how Jethro Bodine, the well-meaning but terminally ignorant nephew from "The Beverly Hillbillies," also wanted to be a neurosurgeon.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Psychiatric Times

  2. Guest Post: The Smoke And Mirrors Are Running Out

    Originally posted at Monty Pelerin's World blog , Those who believe the economy is recovering are ignorant of the facts. Other than the Great Depression no US recovery (and I don’t believe we are in a recovery) taken longer. Eventually it may take more than a decade like the 1930s. Or perhaps it will be like Japan which is in its third decade of “recovery.” Politics and Economics The truth is ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

stupid in News

  1. Hester's Departure From RBS Called 'Plain Stupid'

    Stephen Hester's departure as the CEO of U.K.-taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland has surprised London's financial sector with one major shareholder calling the move damaging and "plain stupid".
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNBC

  2. Gomez calls Franks 'a moron'

    "He proves that stupid has no specific affiliation," the Senate candidate tells ABC.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Politico

  3. 'One And Only': The Joys And Myths Of Raising Just One

    In 1907, the first president of the American Psychological Association called only children "sickly, selfish, strange, and stupid." In her book One and Only , journalist Lauren Sandler, an only child and mother of one, takes on these stereotypes and explains the joys of raising just one.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NPR

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