This text was written for the FrameWork series in response to Gareth Long's exhibition "Square Peg Round Hole" at Susan Hobbs Gallery in March 2017.
The Cycles of Stupidity
Behaviour that shows a lack of good sense or judgment.
“I can’t believe my own stupidity”
lack of intelligence, foolishness, denseness, brainlessness, ignorance, dull-wittedness, slow-wittedness, doltishness, slowness
Lack of good sense or judgment; stupidity.
“She was realizing the foolishness in her actions”
folly, stupidity, idiocy, imbecility, silliness, inanity, thoughtlessness, injudiciousness, lack of foresight
Extremely stupid behaviour.
“The idiocy of decimating rainforests”
stupidity, folly, foolishness, foolhardiness, ignorance
Lack of knowledge or information.
“He acted in ignorance of basic procedures”
incomprehension of, unawareness of, illiteracy, unconsciousness of, unfamiliarity with, inexperience with, lack of knowledge about, lack of information about, unenlightenment
The inability to read or write.
“The ineffective educational system meant that illiteracy was widespread”
inability to read or write, ignorance, unawareness, inexperience, lack of knowledge, lack of education, informal cluelessness
Having no knowledge of a situation or fact.
“They were unaware of his absence”
ignorant, unknowing, unconscious, heedless, unmindful, oblivious, incognizant, unsuspecting, innocent, uninformed, unenlightened, unwitting
Not guilty of a crime or offense.
“The arbitrary execution of an innocent man”
guiltless, blameless, in the clear, unimpeachable, irreproachable, above suspicion, faultless, honourable, honest
Having no guilt; innocent.
“You don’t need a pardon if you’re guiltless”
innocent, blameless, not to blame, without fault, impeccable, above reproach, above suspicion, in the clear, sinless, spotless, immaculate
(Of behaviour, performance, or appearance) in accordance with the highest standards of propriety; faultless.
“She’s a person of impeccable character”
flawless, faultless, unblemished, spotless, immaculate, pristine, stainless, perfect, exemplary
Without any blemishes or imperfections; perfect.
“Her brown flawless skin”
perfect, unblemished, unmarked, unimpaired, whole, intact, sound, unbroken, undamaged, mint
Not damaged or impaired in any way; complete.
"The gallery was almost in ruins, but its front door remained intact" whole, entire, complete, unbroken, undamaged, unimpaired, faultless, flawless, unscathed, untouched
With no part left out; whole.
"My plans are to travel the entire world"
whole, complete, total, full, undivided
"A total stranger"
complete, utter, absolute, thorough, out-and-out, outright, all-out, sheer, perfect, consummate
Not qualified or diminished in any way; total.
complete, total, utter, out-and-out, outright, entire, perfect, pure, decided
Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.
"She strove to be the perfect CEO"
ideal, model, without, faultless, flawless, consummate, quintessential, exemplary, best, ultimate
Outwit or get the better of (someone).
"She refused to allow herself to be bested"
defeat, beat, get the better of, outdo, outwit, outsmart, worst, be more than a match for, prevail over, vanquish
Superlative of bad, ill.
“This is the worst day ever”
defeat, beat, vanquish, bad, crush
Of poor quality or a low standard.
"A bad diet"
substandard, poor, inferior, second-rate, amateurish, second-class, unsatisfactory, inadequate, unacceptable, not up to scratch
To be unskilled.
"The editing is choppy and amateurish"
inexperienced, inept, inexpert, jackleg, unprofessional
Having or showing no skill; clumsy.
"The inept handling of the threat"
incompetent, unskilful, unskilled, inexpert, amateurish, clumsy, awkward
ˈkləmzē/: adjective Awkward in movement or in handling things.
"A terribly clumsy fellow"
awkward, uncoordinated, ungainly, graceless, inelegant
Causing or feeling embarrassment or inconvenience.
"He had put her in a very awkward situation"
embarrassing, uncomfortable, unpleasant, delicate, tricky, problematic, troublesome, thorny
Causing or feeling slight pain or physical discomfort.
"Athlete's foot is a painful and uncomfortable condition"
painful, disagreeable, intolerable, unbearable, confining, cramped
Unable to be endured.
"The intolerable pressures of his work"
unbearable, insufferable, unsupportable, insupportable, unendurable, beyond endurance, too much to bear, unacceptable
Not satisfactory or allowable.
insufferable, unsatisfactory, inadmissible, inappropriate, unsuitable, undesirable, unreasonable, insupportable
Unacceptable because poor or not good enough.
"An unsatisfactory situation"
disappointing, dissatisfying, undesirable, inferior, disagreeable, displeasing, inadequate, unacceptable, poor
Lower in rank, status, or quality.
"Schooling in inner-city areas was inferior to that in the rest of the country"
second-class, lesser, lower in status, lower-ranking, subordinate, second-fiddle, junior, minor, subservient
Not so great or important as the other or the rest.
"He was convicted of a lesser assault charge"
minor, secondary, subsidiary, marginal, ancillary, auxiliary, supplementary, peripheral, inferior, insignificant
Too small or unimportant to be worth consideration.
"The amount required was insignificant compared with military spending"
unimportant, pointless, trivial, trifling, negligible, inconsequential, of no account, inconsiderable, nugatory, paltry, petty
Having little or no sense, use, or purpose.
"Speculating on this is a pointless exercise"
senseless, futile, hopeless, fruitless, stupid, useless, needless, in vain, unavailing, aimless, idles, worthless, valueless, absurd, insane, stupid, silly, foolish
Having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense.
"I was stupid enough to think this exercise would bring me any answers"
unintelligent, ignorant, dense, foolish, dull-witted, slow, simpleminded, vacuous, vapid, idiotic, imbecilic, obtuse
This text is largely sourced from Google dictionary in the search for “stupidity”.