Thursday, November 3, 2011

-isms {On Being Dumb}

Every family has their own little quirks and oddities... My family IS one big quirk and oddity. The inside jokes, references and general weirdness is enough to convince anyone we're all certifiably insane. I'm pretty sure my Dad's the only one who actually is, but I could be wrong. ANYWAY. Most of our family "-isms" are either offensive, dirty, or nonsense. We're Mexicans. What do you expect from us? But I didn't want to kick of this new feature with a dirty -ism, so I decided to keep it tame for now. A lot of the long standing Quinonez-isms come from stupid things said during fights. Sometimes I get that feeling when I'm super upset, it feels like an alien from Planet Nonsense takes over my body and I no longer speak in coherent sentences. I'm not the only one in my family who suffers from this affliction...

My Dad has been known to spit out gems of insanity in the middle of arguments that really just stick with you, even days later. But there's one repeat offender that my family all loves to make fun of him for,  years and years later. It makes no sense to anyone but him, but he still defends it to this day.

"I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid."

Like.... what? I see that it has all the elements of a complete sentence, at least as far as the English language is concerned, but yet it makes ZERO sense. To the untrained ear, one might assume this is an ass backwards way of slyly saying you're smart, like "I may be dumb, but I'm not dumb" or "I may be stupid, but I'm not stupid." Like, LOL you thought I was saying I'm dumb- BUT I'M NOT! But... no. He says there's a difference between the two. See, dumb is one thing, but stupid is quite another. There's book smart, and then there's street smart. Meaning there's dumb dumb, and stupid dumb. Or maybe it's dumb stupid and stupid stupid. I honestly have no idea. I guess it doesn't really matter. My Dad thinks it makes sense. If anything, when he says it in an argument, you can't help but laugh, and the fight basically dissipates. When I used to try to lie to my parents about going to a party, or drinking or whatever when I was in high school, my Dad undoubtedly would get frustrated with the argument and say "I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid." To which my bratty-ass kid-self would respond, "Listen to what you just said. YOU ARE!" Obviously, comebacks were not my strong suit. I'm a lover, not a fighter, or whatever.

All this time, I thought "I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid" was a Quinonez family inside joke. Well, some super famous pop star went and blew the lid off of our operation. I'll let Rihanna explain....

This is stupid, I'm not stupid
Don't talk to me like I'm stupid
I still love you but I just can't do this
I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid.
-Rihanna "Stupid In Love"

Yeah, Ri-Ri went there, trying to sound all smart and lyrical and shit. We've been making fun of my Dad for that gem for over a decade. I didn't even realize Rihanna was in on the joke! That's my girl.

1 comment:

  1. hahaha maybe Rihanna tapped your family's phone lines or something to steal your joke.


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