There are countless ways to call somebody  stupid, some more subtle and gentle than others.  Here are a few you might hear on an ordinary day.  Most you wouldn’t actually say to the person in a context like: “you shouldn’t do this, it is a really stupid idea”.  Rather it is what you say about people who aren’t present.

A six-pack but not short on bottles, pic:

“He is a beer short of a six pack” – there are many variations of this expression which is based on the idea that somebody is missing a few components of a complete solution (here a six-pack = traditional pack of six cans/bottles of beer).   Very similar: a few fries short of a happy meal (fast food meal for kids).

He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down – no explanation necessary

Elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor or a variation thereof: the light are on but nobody is home

He/she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. – sharp in the double meaning of sharp knife that cuts well and sharp (smart thinker, mentally keen person)

There are more, dozens – at least.



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