Know Your Insults

By Lloyd the Idiot

With all the name calling that goes on in the blogosphere, I thought it would be helpful for commenters to have this handy dandy chart  close at hand to ensure they use the correct term to capture the thought.

From IQcomparisonsite.com:

IQ Range

Classification

140 and over Genius or near genius
120-140 Very superior intelligence
110-120 Superior intelligence
90-110 Normal or average intelligence
80-90 Dullness
70-80 Borderline deficiency
Below 70 Definite feeble-mindedness

Mental deficiency used to be more finely classified using the following technical terms that later began to be abused by the rest of society:

IQ Range Classification
70-80 Borderline deficiency
50-69 Moron
20-49 Imbecile
below 20 Idiot

Thus, an idiot calling someone a moron could be viewed as a compliment.

And no one wants that to happen.


Comments

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    This is very interesting, thank you Lloyd.

    Question: let’s say I’m an imbecile, but I call someone “Hey, Genius!”…but I’m being sarcastic?

    Is it still a compliment?

  • Intriguing says:

    Or, let’s say that I am an actual Genius, and sarcastically refer to someone else as “Genius.” Does that make me an imbecile?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Only if you both really ARE geniuses?

  • Plead the 1st says:

    190 = genius; few and far between! 140 = extremely bright. Problems with un-normed online IQ tests?

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