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    Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    A line from the movie Forrest Gump.

    I don't know what that means. Does it have a meaning or is it just a nonsensical phrase?

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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Meaning, you cannot expect anything except stupidity from a stupid person.

    Just change it to "Is Stupid.....does stupid".


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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Actually is the other way around. It means that you can tell who is stupid by looking at his actions. It is a modern way to represent what Jesus said:
    "by their fruits ye shall know them"
    Matthew 7:16-20 (King James Version)



    16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
    17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
    18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
    19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    As green as he is cabbage looking

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    Post Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    A: Are you stupid or something?
    B: Stupid is as stupid does.
    Gump's "Stupid is as stupid does" is a rejoinder, and a rather intelligent one. It means that calling a person stupid doesn't make him stupid, that we know a person by his actions.

    ~R

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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    I just heard another one in one of Catherine Cookson's movies "The Moth".

    "Handsome is as handsome does"

    In this case used for "Behaviour counts more than appearance" I think.

    Is this correct?

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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Quote Originally Posted by Miner49'er View Post
    I just heard another one in one of Catherine Cookson's movies "The Moth".

    "Handsome is as handsome does"

    In this case used for "Behaviour counts more than appearance" I think.

    Is this correct?
    I think you should trust your judgment on that based on the context in which you heard that spoken.

    ~R


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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Quote Originally Posted by TomBrooklyn View Post
    Stupid is as stupid does.
    A line from the movie Forrest Gump.
    I don't know what that means. Does it have a meaning or is it just a nonsensical phrase?
    2 cents of mine:

    Analogous with 'pretty is as pretty does," which says people should be judged by what they do rather than their appearance.

    "Stupid is as stupid does" -- How stupid you are should be judged by what you do, and not by your "cover" (appearance).

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    Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    I Heard another one.
    Rowan Atkinson sells his house in "Blackadder II".
    The buyer find some dry rot on one of the the beams and makes a remark about it.
    Atkinson answers:
    Dry rot is as dry rot does


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    Red face Re: Stupid is as Stupid Does

    Put simply: You are as stupid as your actions and vice-versa

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