"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:
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.
@guerrillarain what are some good non ableist insults
@skelltan my favorites are:
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.
@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 New addition
Demonstrating swears in different languages
@guerrillarain The Dutch have some lovely creative curses relying on disrespect of the male genitalia. (Said phenomenon is atypical, according the Words and Women...)
My favorite remains "klootzak" - literally "scrotum", but it's almost never translated that way in films - they usually just settle for "asshole", which... I find dissatisfying.
My personal favourite is "candle sniffing fuckfence."
@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!
@RussellTheFox okay I love ravioli but I would still use fucking ravioli
@guerrillarain honestly calling anybody a random food item just has such a ring to it.
@guerrillarain putrid never gets enough use, imo
@c0debabe putrid cheese puff!!!!
@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 ?
@baerd "that was thoughtless/careless"
"not my best idea"
@guerrillarain thoughtless 👌
Thank you :3
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