Ever use the term "numbnut"? Which version?

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If I use it, it’s the “numnuts” version, and if I think about it at all, which I usually don’t, it’s probably the “numbskull” origin. But I prefer “dipshit”. I like the assonance and vulgarity, but I’m happy for any non-gendered insult I can throw at the myriad stupid drivers around me with impunity.

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i have heard both, but i think if i ever use/used it, i would tend to the plural version. i got it from one of my uncles, who said it as a way to avoid swearing around us kids, haha. i thought it always meant someone frozen and speechless, like you would be if you were kneed in the nuts, making them, you know… numb.

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I rarely use numbnuts anymore, but do use asshat, fuckwad, or toolshed. Toolshed was picked up from a friend in VT years ago who had escalating insults from ‘tool’ to ‘toolbox’ to ‘toolshed’ so it made total sense.

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Always been numbnuts in my personal experience.

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I always though numbskull was the PG rated version of numbnuts, as sheesh is to shit, or freak is to fuck.

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There is more to this then previously thought!

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Taube Nuß.

Literally a hollow nut, figuratively a Hohlkopf.

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First day of Basic Training, first thing the DI said to me : "HANDS OUT OF YOUR POCKETS, NUMBNUT. . .
I fixed my hands.

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I feel I have to leave this here:

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Haven’t ever used “numbnuts” or the variations. I do use “numbskull”, occasionally.

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THEN WHY DON’T WE HAVE SKULLS TO PROTECT OUR NUTS!?

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Obligs:

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They are pretty well protected already. plus you need free access for recreational activities… :slight_smile:

Rarely “numbnuts” anymore. Now “pinhead,” or sometimes the closely-related “Zippy” if I’m feeling cryptic as well as angry. Rarely, fuckhead—reserved for real frustration.

I never used numbnuts. I use numbnut exclusively. I use when thinking or seeing someone making a particularly stupid move.

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Numbnuts, and I figured it was a well-imagined postural excuse for major errors. Of others. Sciatica doesn’t have the same ring.

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Basically a negative result, but I don’t think I’ve heard anyone use it in the UK, although of course we’re familiar with it from US media over the years.
In that situation I’d just go with “idiot”.