Is it smart for a smart person to appear smart to others? Or, is it smart for a smart person to dummy down? Or should that phrase be dumbing down?
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What does the slang “dummy down” mean?
I had a conversation with a woman within this past year who told me she had a very intelligent brother who had told her that he was very frustrated in his conversations with people because he thought he had to dumb down in order to be accepted rather than risk alienation. (That word “alienation” reminds me of the Roland’s Ramblings Estrangement and Alien Nation.)
“If you’re smart then you better start dumbin it down
Don’t say anything too profound
Dumb – it – down”
ref: Ugly Duckling Lyrics “Dumb It Down”
For an added bonus courtesy of Roland’s Ramblings, click over to read Sarah Palin and the Dumbing-Down of America.