stupid = 'very pleasing; marvelous'

Margaret Lee 0000006730deb3bf-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Thu Aug 28 21:36:56 UTC 2014

 'Stupid,' meaning great, superb, excellent,  originated in the African American community decades ago.  (See Smitherman, Black Talk, 1994, 2000).  It's in the same category as 'bad' meaning 'good.'

--Margaret Lee

> From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:07 AM
>Subject: stupid = 'very pleasing; marvelous'
>This has been around for some years, but perhaps never moreblatantly as in
>this ad:
>"It’s an unlikely pairing: The world’s smartest looking smartwatch and the
>world’s stupidest mobile app. And yet they have indeed teamed up, because
>mobile app Yo has just announced that 'Motorola is going to use the Yo
>platform to release their long awaited Moto 360 smart watch.' And yes, this
>promotion is just as awesomely stupid as you think it is."
>For some of, of course, the sense is equivocal.
>But only for some.
>"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
>The American Dialect Society -

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