How do you describe a “not too bright” person?

I love language.  I get a kick out of “saying something without really saying something.”  Case in point, how many ways do you use to describe someone who is not quite all there?  I hope you have never heard someone use one of these lines to describe you.  Here are some of my personal favorites…

  1.  He’s so dumb that he runs around the block to get next door.
  2. A few bricks shy of a load.
  3. A few cards short of the deck.
  4. Not the brightest crayon in the box.
  5. A few french fries short of a happy meal.
  6. Fell out out of a stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
  7. Not the brightest bulb in the box.
  8. Elevator does not go all the way to the top floor.
  9. Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
  10. Not rowing with both oars in the water.
  11. Porch light is on but nobody’s home.
  12. Half a bubble off center – my personal favorite

#6 was my father’s personal favorite.  I remember him describing more than one of my high school boyfriends with that one.  Lol  Do you have any personal favorites that you regularly use?

12 thoughts on “How do you describe a “not too bright” person?”

  1. Young, dumb and still living with mum.

    Rather remain silent and be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.,

  2. Also:
    Not currently in possession of the family brain cell.

    Might think of/remember some more later down the line as I’m not the sharpest tool in the toolbox.

  3. I’ve always liked “a good example of why first cousins shouldn’t marry.” But honestly, I have no patience for stupid, so I mostly just go (vehemently) with “dumbass!!”

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