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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The difference between an idiot, a jerk & an a--hole
So the other day the spouse and I were debating what the difference was between an idiot, a jerk, and an a--hole*.
I took the topic seriously. And after some deep thought and research, here's what I came up with.
[Note: In the interest of bonhomie, I will not be providing examples within each of the categories.]
An idiot is a stupid or foolish person -- someone who doesn't (necessarily) know better or is lacking in knowledge or common sense. Synonyms include cretin, dunce, moron, twit, and doofus.
A jerk is someone who knows better but doesn't care (about you or your feelings). Or per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, someone "who is cruel, rude, or small-minded." Synonyms include bastard, creep, bounder, louse, and snake.
And an a--hole? An a--hole is a jerk on steroids (figuratively, and possibly literally, speaking); someone who doesn't give a sh*t about you or your wittle feelings. He's right. You're wrong. Now get the f*ck out of the way. Synonyms include dick, prick, schmuck, and scumbag. (Hmm... I'm sensing a theme here.)
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