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    2 more vocab questions: Unpunctual? Silly vs. Stupid

    (1) unpunctual appears to be a legitimate English word, but my English friends tell me it doesn't sound very natural. What would you call someone who is often not on time?
    (2) "I didn't know what to say in a meeting. I felt quite silly" or would "felt quite stupid" sound better? What's the difference btw silly and stupid in general?
    "I overheard some high school students on the bus and their discussions sounded quite silly"? Or is "stupid" more appropriate here? As in, the students were talking rubbish.

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    Re: 2 more vocab questions: Unpunctual? Silly vs. Stupid

    Quote Originally Posted by euromike View Post
    (1) unpunctual appears to be a legitimate English word, but my English friends tell me it doesn't sound very natural. What would you call someone who is often not on time?
    (2) "I didn't know what to say in a meeting. I felt quite silly" or would "felt quite stupid" sound better? What's the difference btw silly and stupid in general?
    "I overheard some high school students on the bus and their discussions sounded quite silly"? Or is "stupid" more appropriate here? As in, the students were talking rubbish.
    1) I would normally say "not punctual".
    2) Either could be used depending on what is being criticized. For me "silly" is less severe than "stupid".

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