I often hope for the latter, but realistically, I know that it is the former. Some people are just dyam schtupid!
Maybe if we all arrive at the same conclusion, life will be much simplier and there will be less confusion as to people's personalities and idiosyncracies. Of course, my conclusion does not explain all, but I do believe that it is a start.
Now, when someone says something Schtupid, I will no longer have the horrible ache from my jaw dropping in shock, but rather, can toss the comment over my shoulder, and simply categorise them as a Schtupid Person, and isolate myself accordingly. But, to clarify, please note that this does not necessarily apply to a Schtupid 'comment' but rather the Schtupid Person, who utters Schtupid comments without fail.
To continue my definition of the Schtupid Person, this does not denote the so-called 'uneducated', but rather someone who is just so daft, ignorant, oblivious and lacking in common sense, that they are totally incapable of redemption. There is no hope of them seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, as they are happy in their oblivion. We in turn repeatedly frustrate ourselves by continually attempting to argue, discuss or establish some form of understanding with said Schtupid Person, to no avail.
Therefore and hence, I patted her on the head, gave forth a condescending smile, and advised her that the little green men would soon complete their experiment with her brain. Now, I am convinced that she has logged me as a Schtupid Person in her own little pink Schtupidity book. Go Figure.
Now, where is all this coming from, you may ask? Well, today was a day fraught with schtupid comments from people that I surmised to be reasonably intelligent, and certain items have been logged against these perpetrators. It will be interesting to see if these individuals are eventually relegated to the Schtupid People category.
On that note, I shall no exit.