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To think that adults calling other adults 'silly' is patronising.

(18 Posts)
breatheslowly Sat 07-Sep-13 11:14:40

It makes me think of a primary school teacher who has become a bit institutionalised and can't distinguish between talking to children and adults.

WorraLiberty Sat 07-Sep-13 11:16:40

Don't be silly

LuisSuarezTeeth Sat 07-Sep-13 11:17:00

Don't be silly.

NoelHeadbands Sat 07-Sep-13 11:17:48

I agree.

I only ever use it when I want to be patronising grin

LuisSuarezTeeth Sat 07-Sep-13 11:17:50

Worra! You beat me

FreudiansSlipper Sat 07-Sep-13 11:18:16

Yes it is and so often excused for men's lazy behaviour

WorraLiberty Sat 07-Sep-13 11:19:11

Oh don't be a Silly Billy Luis grin

FrigginRexManningDay Sat 07-Sep-13 11:20:35

<Ruffles hair>

Silly moo.

CairngormsClydesdale Sat 07-Sep-13 11:20:46


Some people are fucking idiots, but "silly" is a nice, gentle euphemism.

enderwoman Sat 07-Sep-13 11:20:52

Silly is polite-speak for twat/wanker/arsehole or another expletive of choice.

SilverApples Sat 07-Sep-13 11:22:00

I use silly and twit and plonker.
I don't use casual swearing.
If I swear, I need to really mean it.

breatheslowly Sat 07-Sep-13 11:22:59

I'd rather be called something more accurate. I've seen it a couple of times on MN recently and I don't think that twat/wanker/arsehole would have been the alternative. Perhaps foolish, naive, an idiot.

LuisSuarezTeeth Sat 07-Sep-13 11:25:40

Well maybe if you add something stronger...
Silly twat
Silly wanker
Silly cunt

LuisSuarezTeeth Sat 07-Sep-13 11:26:47

Silly sausage Worra

lottiegarbanzo Sat 07-Sep-13 11:27:51

It's meant to be, that's the point!

Or, it's a nice, mild way of saying 'you are either nuts or woefully ignorant, you cannot possibly believe that. Contemplate your own ignorance and come back with better thought-through answer. In the meantime, don't imagine for a second that I or anyone is taking you seriously'.

So, imploring them to act as a grown up, for which purpose, pointing out the childishness of their comments linguistically, is entirely suitable and very effective!

TeaLadyExtraordinaire Sat 07-Sep-13 11:28:19

You really are being silly, OP grin

lottiegarbanzo Sat 07-Sep-13 11:32:05

The thing with silly, is it conveys 'we're not taking you seriously' without wasting time analysing the nature of the person's silliness or descending into personal insult. it's deliberately dismissive. It's up to them to come back with a more credible comment if they wish.

breatheslowly Sat 07-Sep-13 11:34:15

In that case I think it is being misused/overused.

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