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.


IQ Range


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.


  • 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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