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Old 04-26-2012, 09:53 PM
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What does it mean when someone says "If you had any brains you'd be dangerous"?
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:01 PM
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It's mostly just an insult. "You have no brains."

It also be involves a double insult. "Even if you did have brains, you'd still act stupidly."

It's just an ornate way of saying "Dummy! Nyah nyah nyah!" Clever and ornate insults are a form of art -- maledicta! -- "He's dumber than a box of hammers!" "He's as useless as tits on a boar!" "He's so stupid, he can't even integrate e to the x."

("Can such ignorance exist?") (After Arthur C. Clarke.)
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:04 AM
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I would rephrase it thus: humanity should be grateful that you're a moron, because if -- heaven forbid -- you had an IQ greater than your neck size, you might actually have the capacity to harness your propensity toward mischief and evolve into a genuine menace to society.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:07 AM
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:07 AM
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Awesome if this became a zombie thread...
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:44 AM
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it is saying that they have a good zombie defense and aren't in danger.

other than that some of the above.
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:06 PM
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It's mostly just an insult. "You have no brains."

It also be involves a double insult. "Even if you did have brains, you'd still act stupidly."

It's just an ornate way of saying "Dummy! Nyah nyah nyah!" Clever and ornate insults are a form of art -- maledicta! -- "He's dumber than a box of hammers!" "He's as useless as tits on a boar!" "He's so stupid, he can't even integrate e to the x."

("Can such ignorance exist?") (After Arthur C. Clarke.)
I'd interpret it a little bit differently. To me the "you'd be dangerous" addition also suggests that the person is deficient in a moral sense (since a dangerous person is presumably not a moral one).
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:24 PM
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I'd interpret it a little bit differently. To me the "you'd be dangerous" addition also suggests that the person is deficient in a moral sense (since a dangerous person is presumably not a moral one).
I agree. You're saying:

1) You're a bad person who does awful things
2) But thankfully you're so stupid you never get away with it

It's like a double-whammy insult. Think of the kleptomaniac who keeps stealing other people's property, but he gets caught every time.
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