There are certain words, that if you are going to use them, you should really know what they mean. Today’s example includes three words with related, but quantifiable, different meanings. Read on, dear reader and just feel the brain matter expanding.
Our words are: Moron, Imbecile and Idiot. According to a very old and not necessarily contemporary dictionary of mine, these words reflect classifications of mental aptitude related to a person’s IQ.
Idiot = < 25 IQ
Imbecile = 25-50 IQ
Moron = 50-75 IQ
Therefore, while it may make sense to proclaim, “Don’t be an idiot, you moron!” Stating, “You’re a moron, you idiot,” would be a compliment – of sorts. Which begs the question, which is worse, a moronic idiot, or an imbecilic moron?
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