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is it technically insulting to be told you have more intelligence than common sense?
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
i wish i had intelligence
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
Common sense isn't a gift it's a punishment, because you have to deal with everyone that doesn't have any.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
Technically, it's only especially insulting if you aren't intelligent; if, e.g., your intelligence is above average, that statement doesn't preclude you having average common sense.

As for how the comment is meant, it'd depend on the context.
Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16


I love it
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
I wouldn't necessarily say so. Common sense is something you learn through experience. The ability to acquire book smarts on the other hand is a combination of effort and inborn potential.

Someone saying you lack common sense, simply is saying that you lack experience.They are calling you naive. Saying that someone lacks intelligence on the other hand is pretty much the same thing as calling them either stupid, lazy, or both.


Also common sense changes with culture, what's common sense in the US is not in Japan and vice versa.

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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
I think that would qualify as a "backhanded compliment."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insult


Backhanding is slapping someone using the back of the hand instead of the palm—that is, using a less forceful blow.[citation needed] Correspondingly, a backhanded (or left-handed) compliment, or asteism), is an insult that is disguised as, or accompanied by, a compliment, especially in situations where the belittling or condescension is intentional.[6]

Examples of backhanded compliments include:

"I did not expect you to ace that exam. Good for you.", which could impugn the target's success as a fluke.[7]
"That skirt makes you look far thinner.", insinuating hidden fat.[7]
"I wish I could be as straightforward as you, but I always try to get along with everyone.", insinuating an overbearing attitude.[7]
"I like you. You have the boldness of a much younger woman.", insinuating decline with age.[7]

See also: Damning with faint praise.


Asteism: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/asteism

Damning with faint praise: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damning_with_faint_praise

Examples of backhanded compliments:

"Wow! You're pretty damned smart for someone without a lot of common sense!"

"For someone without a lot of common sense, you sure are smart!"
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/18/16
Eh, not sure. I mean I know a lot of academically smart people that completely lack common sense, but I don't think I'd ever say it to their face if that answers OP's question
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Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16
You'll probably find common sense is sociologically and culturally subjective as xxJing stated previously.
And I've know lots of intelligent people who are brilliant at there chosen field but ignorant outside that area.
It would be good if people were just a bit nicer.
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Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16

Sogno- wrote:

i wish i had intelligence


There is wisdom in knowing the limits of your own intelligence. There is humility in your saying so.

or

Maybe that's just what you want us to think
Posted 12/18/16 , edited 1/4/17
Well, yeah, they're insults, especially when it's coming from someone you hardly know. Whether or not to take them seriously depends upon context.
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Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16
the brain goes up, but they begin to forget the basic's.
Thats when you focus so much on the "advanced" stuff you forget the basic's.

Its like a long math calculation and then you forget a simple addition.
Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16

CSGhost wrote:

I'd take more offense at being told I lack common sense just because intelligence can be branched out in any number of fields- but common sense is... Well, common. It's expected of you; if that makes sense.



So is this post....Irony?
Posted 12/18/16 , edited 12/18/16

Ny0 wrote:


CSGhost wrote:

I'd take more offense at being told I lack common sense just because intelligence can be branched out in any number of fields- but common sense is... Well, common. It's expected of you; if that makes sense.



So is this post....Irony?


No, not even remotely?
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Common sense states, fire~~ burns fingers, so don't touch.

Intelligence says, a change reaction forms when heat and oxygen combine with a fuel to produce fire~~, and finds out the hard way that fire~~ burns when they get too close and it burns off their eyebrows and their nose gets a second degree burn.~~
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bronzefoot wrote:


Sogno- wrote:

i wish i had intelligence


There is wisdom in knowing the limits of your own intelligence. There is humility in your saying so.

or

Maybe that's just what you want us to think


someone sounds bitter
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