"The lights are on, but nobodys home"
"That boy's about as sharp as a bowling ball"
"Well, he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer"
"Well, he's not the brightest bulb in the closet"
Back in the old days, people really knew how to level an insult without profanity. And their phrases, though clean and quaint, still managed to land a big punch.
So this week’s edition of the Sunday Seven gives a look at some of my favorite old-timey phrases meant to knock someone’s intelligence, or more specifically, their lack thereof.
My 7 Favorite Old-Timey Insults About Intelligence
1. “He’s two sandwiches short of a picnic.”
2. “If his brains were dynamite, he couldn’t even blow his nose.”
3. “There goes a ten-gallon hat on a two-gallon head.”
4. “He doesn’t have the sense God gave a lemon.”
5. “The engine’s running, but nobody’s driving.”
6. “He’s two peas short of a bushel.”
7. “If he were a dog, I don’t think he could find his own food dish.”
Which old-timey sayings have you heard used to insult someone’s brainpower that you still find amusing?