Best Definitions and Examples of Gullible or Gullibility
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They told me I was gullible, and I believed them.
easily deceived or cheated.
1815–25; gull + ible
credulous, trusting, naive, innocent, simple, green.
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true. Demosthenes
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us. Samuel Johnson
Tests For Gullibility:
A popular test of gullibility is to tell a friend that the word gullible isn’t in the dictionary.
Look! Gullible’s written on the ceiling!
IF you say the word gullible really slowly, it sounds like chicken!
Person2: Say gullible really slowly, it sounds like chickenPerson1: guh-lih-bullPerson2: hear it?Person1: no.. guh-lih-bull
Tell someone you have a great knock-knock joke. She says ok, you say, ” Ok, you start it.” she’ll say, knock-knock? You say Who’s there?
I’ve been hearing this “joke” that goes “if you say ‘gullible’ VERY slowly, it will sound like green beans.” I know I’m stupid, so someone PLEASE explain the joke to me. I’m getting frustrated! Not stupid or frustrated, just plain GULLIBLE!
(A customer has used the store’s emergency exit, setting off the alarms. A husband and wife walk up to my cheese display while the alarms sound.)
Wife: ”What’s that sound!?”
Me: “Oh, that’s just the employee alarm.”
Wife: “Employee alarm?”
Me: “Yes, it tells the managers that one of the employees tried to escape the building, so they can retrieve them.”
Wife: *serious, eyes wide* “Oh, that’s awful!”
Me: “Don’t worry, by now they have already sedated them and locked them back in the closet with the rest of the off-duty employees.”
Wife: “They lock up the employees?!”
Me: “Only when they are not being used. It stops them from being late to work, you see.”
Wife: ”Some one needs to do something to help these poor–”
Husband: ”Dear, he is joking. That was a door alarm.”
Wife: “Oh…are you sure?”
Wife: *looks relieved and walks away*
How Gullible Are We?
A freshman at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair on January 26. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to the alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment.
In his project he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide.” And for plenty of good reasons, since it can:
1. cause excessive sweating and vomiting
2. it is a major component in acid rain
3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
4. accidental inhalation can kill you
5. it contributes to erosion
6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
7. it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients
He asked 150 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.
One hundred forty-three said yes, six were undecided, and only one knew that the chemical was……Water!
The title of his prize winning project was, “How Gullible Are We?”