Those who are not native English speakers will sometimes use a word in a politically incorrect manner, simply because there are multiple meanings of the word.

One example is the word “simple,” which can mean “easy” or “stupid,” depending on the context.

That was simple. (easy to do)
He is simple. (stupid or mentally retarded)
She was a simple child. (naive or innocent)
They led a simple lifestyle. (modest, not ostentatious)
He was a simple amateur. (lacking in knowledge or expertise)
She asked him to tell her the simple truth. (sheer, unmixed)
It was a simple fracture. (single, as opposed to compound fracture)

According to Merriam-Webster, calling a person simple means the person is mentally deficient, having a degree of intelligence inadequate to cope with anything complex or involving mental effort. So don’t call the person simple when you really mean he or she makes something look easy.

Profound Quote of the Day:

“And be a simple kind of man.”
– Lynard Skynard song

This advice from a mother to a son means “be modest and not complicated”


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