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"Stupid" and "dumb" are ableist terms. Put the work in to remove them from your vocabulary.

Such words, because they are ableist, are weaponized by abusers to control and break people. They are sharp words. Tread carefully.

Not using ableism as a basis for your insults means you get to get creative:

- Flaming turd from the festering pit of hell
- Morally corrupt leech
- Blood-thirsty demon
- Overgrown mosquito

Or you can go more typical:

- Asshole
- Jackass

Now let's be honest, is there ANYTHING worse than a fucking overgrown mosquito??

The fediverse came together to give you a long list of beautiful and creative insults that aren't ableist so now you have no excuse.

@skelltan as promised, see the links above! they have a pretty good selection of words that convey the same meaning.

also, in the replies to my thread, some folks have sent some pretty awesome insults if that's also what you're looking for!

@skelltan my favorites are:

Shitbucket
The Worst™
Slimey
Shitty
Sir Sucks-a-Lot

I'll look around, there was a doc somewhere about awesome alternates!

@guerrillarain "But what words are okay to insult people's intelligence then?"

That's the point. Don't do that.

Insult them for being bigots. Insult them for being sexist. Insult them for being selfish and greedy. Insult them for things they _choose_ to be.

@Lexi @guerrillarain there's lots of ways to take jabs at "dumbness" that don't attack anyone's ~ability~ to think!

if someone's being thoughtless, careless, or inconsiderate, just say that

if you do smth irresponsible, reckless, and hasty; that doesn't make you stupid

it's 100% fair to call your right wing uncle an insensitive, ignorant, incurious, obtuse, chud

your friend who just ironed a hole in their shirt? a clown, a bozo, a fool, an absolute chucklefuck 🤡

@guerrillarain They also perpetuate this toxic idea that being 'unintelligent'--whatever that means at the time--is the worst thing in the world; that all negative traits, such as bigotry, are linked to unintelligence; and vice versa, that if you're 'smart' you're also just.

And the complexes we're giving kids by teaching them these ideas with our language. "It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong": yeah, because we teach kids being 'unintelligent' makes them unvalued!

@guerrillarain The noble crane fly would like a word with you.

Demonstrating swears in different languages 

@guerrillarain
My personal favourite is "candle sniffing fuckfence."

@bengesko @guerrillarain I'm a fan of taint-based insults, myself. Everybody's got one!

Ableist language 

@guerrillarain my favourite is "triple-dipped in arsehole prick" with the thickest glaswegian accent I can muster

@guerrillarain allow me to add some personal favs to the mix!

-dingledouche
-jamhandle
-fucking ravioli
-fuckstick
-uncultured fungus
-fuckass

@guerrillarain honestly calling anybody a random food item just has such a ring to it.

@guerrillarain I always like the classics

-shithead
-fuckface
-assbutt
-wet fart (not technically a swear, but definitely gross)

@paeneultima @guerrillarain can I add ass-hat to that list? I'm a big fan of the ass-hat

@guerrillarain "ignorant", used to be my go-to, because it implies an ability to do better but an unwillingness to do so.

@guerrillarain I'd just like to point out with "That's "Stupid/Dumb" (this is where it'd usually get the most usage from me) I've found replacing it with "Ridiculous" or "Silly" works almost all the time.

@guerrillarain wich words would you use instead when you do something very not smart or not smartly ?

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