Here’s one for all the idiots out there who have discovered they can use the internet, type, read dictionaries and indulge in all sorts of miraculous activities.
“IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot’s activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but “pervades and regulates the whole.” He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.” – from Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary.
If however, one is still too much of a dolt to appreciate the sense of humour in the Devil’s Dictionary, we can opt for an alternative definition of Idiot from the Half-Wits Encyclopedia…that being Wikipedia.
“An idiot, dolt, or dullard is an intellectually disabled person, or someone who acts in a self-defeating or significantly counterproductive way. Archaically the word mome has also been used. The similar terms moron, imbecile, and cretin have all gained specialized meanings in modern times. An idiot is said to be idiotic, and to suffer from idiocy. A dunce is an idiot who is specifically incapable of learning. An idiot differs from a fool (who is unwise) and an ignoramus (who is uneducated/an ignorant), neither of which refers to someone with low intelligence.”