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Dumb is a term originally used to describe a person who cannot speak verbally, as well as describing to a person being of "low intelligence". It has also been used in slang form to describe people/things that are considered uncool, inefficient, etc. (For example: "This new policy is so dumb.", "That shirt looks dumb on you.")
Examples of non-ableist words that can be used instead:
- For "unable to speak verbally":
- For "low intelligence":
- intellectually disabled, or the name of a specific diagnosis (if the person you are describing does literally have such disability)
- For the slang meaning: