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Tom Hanks as Forest Gump probably said it best.  “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Gump was not very politically correct it seems.  He should have used a euphemism to describe stupid or dumb. 

I may do multiple posts on various aspects of euphemisms but today let’s look at ones relating to how to describe someone who is not very smart. 

Most people know some of the common ones like “a few bricks short of a load”, “not the sharpest knife in the drawer” and not the brightest light bulb.  Closely tied to that is “The lights are on but no one is home.” 

There are many more creative euphemisms that relate to the subject. 

Beer seems to be popular with “a beer short of a six-pack” and “all foam, no beer.” 

In the food category, we have the favorite, “a few fries short of a Happy Meal.”  One that was new to me is “a few peas short of a casserole.”
Then there is a grouping around media.  You could say someone “thinks multimedia means having more than one TV.”  Try “his antenna doesn’t pick up all the channels.”  I like “At least one Brady short of a Bunch” and “One Gilligan short of an island.”  (If you are younger, ask your parents about these two.) 

A few more”  “A few clowns short of a circus”, Twelve shy of a dozen”, “As sharp as two pounds of wet leather”, “Takes him 1 ½ hours to watch 60 Minutes” and “The wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead.”

What are some others?