"Stupid" and "dumb" are ableist terms. Put the work in to remove them from your vocabulary.

Such words, because they are ableist, are weaponized by abusers to control and break people. They are sharp words. Tread carefully.

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@guerrillarain They also perpetuate this toxic idea that being 'unintelligent'--whatever that means at the time--is the worst thing in the world; that all negative traits, such as bigotry, are linked to unintelligence; and vice versa, that if you're 'smart' you're also just.

And the complexes we're giving kids by teaching them these ideas with our language. "It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong": yeah, because we teach kids being 'unintelligent' makes them unvalued!

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