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Junk Drawer

5/24/12

• A large vocabulary is often a disguise for low intelligence.

• Maybe is the worst kind of hope.

• One of the best side-benefits of reading Proverbs is the ability to identify fools, and the knowledge of how to deal with them.

• Isn’t it strange that we humans don’t all like the same things? Why do we have different tastes in music, art, and even food? Even stranger, our preferences in such things change as we age.

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2 thoughts on “5/24/12

  1. I usually agree with most of these random pearls of wisdom that flow from your pen. We are even 75% in agreement this time, which is unusual for two mismatched humans. Where we diverge this time is on the vocabulary comment: while a comprehensive vocabulary is no guarantee of genius, few people of low intelligence are able to retain–and properly use–a large vocabulary. Maybe the part about “properly use” is the defining factor. Or just maybe I have been wrong all these years when I assumed that a person that uses f***ing in place of every possible superlative, adjective, adverb, or verb was uneducated or unintelligent. Go figure.

    Posted by mommakonrad | 05/31/2012, 7:08 pm
    • I was mainly thinking of people who constantly choose the most obscure, complicated word they know in order to impress their listeners. Or people who know specialized, technical words for their jobs, and refuse to use laymans’ terms when they talk about what they do. I agree with the saying that you don’t really understand a subject until you can describe it to a five-year-old. Being able to confuse people isn’t the same thing as intelligence. Knowing a lot of words isn’t the same thing as being smart.

      Posted by coyotetom | 05/31/2012, 7:32 pm

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