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    Could it be a sort of saying or idiom to explain this sentence?
    "Just because he was ugly, it didnít make him dumb."
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    Default Re: ugly vs dumb

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    Could it be a sort of saying or idiom to explain this sentence?
    "Just because he was ugly, it didn’t make him dumb."
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    It's not an idiom. It's just a statement of fact. We can't assume that ugly people are stupid. There are, surprisingly, some people on the planet who think that ugly equals stupid.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: ugly vs dumb

    I thought about "dumb - unable to speak"...

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    Default Re: ugly vs dumb

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    I thought about "dumb - unable to speak"...
    Emsr2d2's interpretation strikes me as more likely.

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    Default Re: ugly vs dumb

    You are, of course, correct that the main definition of "dumb" is "unable to speak". However, it is frequently used to mean "stupid" and because there is a well-known (although entirely incorrect) connection between [lack of] beauty and [lack of] intelligence, my interpretation seemed much more likely. I've never across someone who thinks that someone is stupid because they can't speak.
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