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5 Signs Of Societal Degeneration In America

DockyWocky Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 12:45 PM
Add the Sixth: 6) Stupifaction of the citizenry. We see what is happening. We hear what is happening. Inertia paralizes us and we lack the cajones to do anything about IT - especially when we can see exactly who is causing the entire problem.
Topeka Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 3:45 PM
wt more

1. to put into a state of little or no sensibility; benumb the faculties of; put into a stupor.
2. to stun, as with a narcotic, a shock, or a strong emotion.
3. to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish.

h/t dictionary.com com

Docky is using definition 1, you refer to 2, which leaves me with 3.

Chill dude.
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 4:08 PM
Proud of dictionary.com....

To "benumb the faculties of" is not how he was using it. I thought about that definition. He was really using it to mean that people had become more stupid.

The clarifications of definitions 1 and 2 belie your claim. It is benumbing the faculties of as in "to put into a stupor." That's amazement and shock. Not stupidity. No matter how much you want it to be, those two just aren't the same thing. And it's very clear which one was meant above.

So chill, Topeka. You don't have to follow me around and post after every single one of my comments. (Or maybe you do, I don't know anything about you....)
Topeka Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 4:30 PM
wt more,

" Not stupidity. No matter how much you want it to be, those two just aren't the same thing. "

Yes, I agree. That's what I'm not seeing - where is Docky putting in stupidity, or are you inferring it?

Sorry about following you around... just conversing - friendly arguing...

As opposed to posting to a troll, or a choirboy's post.

;-)
wtmoore1 Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 3:34 PM
Dock,

You realize that "stupefaction" does not mean, "to make more stupid." It means the citizenry is shocked or amazed about something.

Your comment above would indicate that the sixth problem is that we're all amazed at the government and what is happening. Not that we are ignorant about it.

I think your comment has left me stupefied...

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