We see people being called idiots in two common situations. [*]Displaying ignorance. The actual definition for "ignorance" is simply when one person is unaware of something somebody else knows. For example, right now you're ignorant of what color boxers I'm wearing. The person who's unaware is ignorant of that specific fact. We see it all the time here. Is it correct to call a show of ignorance stupidity? That depends on what it is they don't know. I'll quote a friend of mine here. If somebody doesn't know what color boxers I'm wearing, can we blame them? It's not something that holds any importance in daily life outside of perhaps one or two isolated situations, so I say no. If somebody doesn't know that an R4-Hyper 5 Christmas Edition (with sprinkles) won't play the latest games, can we blame them? It's not to be expected that they know (and the companies will purposely hide this fact), so I say no. If somebody doesn't know how many sides a triangle has, can we blame them? In modern countries it's to be expected that this is taught at an early age and re-enforced later, so I say yes. [*]Incorrect choices/priorities. We often see people making "stupid" decisions. Let's say there's a kid that refuses to clean under his bed because he thought he accidentally crushed a mouse under there (when in reality the brick he slid under there didn't even touch it). He's more afraid of his parents finding out than getting told to clean under his bed for the 8th time. Somebody that's not inside the kid's mind could easily just think he's prioritizing being lazy over doing some cleaning, when it's not really the case. You find this often in tech help, people will hide info or lie about something out of fear, and you've got to get the information in a roundabout way. How do we know what a person's motives really are? Then there's the guy that chooses to go out to a friend's house for the weekend instead of study for an upcoming midterm he might fail... but what if he's going there to spend a private weekend with his girlfriend, and he's actually planning on failing his classes as part of some plan to get moved into other classes? Tossing aside schoolwork to get laid may seem like a bad example of prioritizing to some, and a good example to others. If you don't know the reason, does that mean the reason doesn't exist? I kinda' lost steam on that one, but I think this is good enough to get a discussion rolling. In specific I'd like people to state examples of when they or others have been in these types of situations.