January 20, 2012

Stupid Questions – Boundary Issues

Last time I wrote about my frustration with the term “stupid question.” I figure that this phrase confuses the point, whether you use it to excuse your own inquiry or to dismiss one posed by someone else. However, it can also be a signal that a boundary has been crossed. Next time you are tempted to declare that you have identified a “stupid …

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December 14, 2011

Stupid Questions – The Apology

I’ve been thinking lately about the idea of “stupid questions.”  I tend to place this concept in the same realm as “stupid people.”  Putting the word “stupid” in front of another word rarely relates to the general intelligence of that person or thing.  It is usually more a reflection on the speaker’s state of mind and means something along the …

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