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Feb 27, 2020 - 3:45:57 AM
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mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

Yesterday, my friend in advertising said, "Twenty-five percent of all people will believe anything they hear or read."

Should I believe her?

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:48:11 AM
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roxygrl

USA

9543 posts since 10/11/2010

If your one of the 25 per cent then yes.

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:14:24 AM
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14608 posts since 12/2/2005

Did you know that the word "gullible" isn't listed on dictionary.com?

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:17:14 AM
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3215 posts since 7/8/2010

Like Mom used to say,"Believe nothing that you hear and half of what you see."

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:47:11 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23966 posts since 8/3/2003

There are many very trusting people who do believe anything they read or hear. That's why the scammers/spammers proliferate so quickly. After all, there's a sucker born every minute as far as they are concerned and ready to be fleeced of their monies.

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:51:33 AM
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DC5

USA

10067 posts since 6/30/2015

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

Did you know that the word "gullible" isn't listed on dictionary.com?


And gullibility is not listed on Wikipedia.

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:13:26 AM
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53939 posts since 12/14/2005

On the other hand, Alfred Hitchcock appeared to be gullible.

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:14:06 AM
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roxygrl

USA

9543 posts since 10/11/2010

I believe your both wrong both accounts.
Aren't you spelling corrweckly!

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:15:33 AM
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roxygrl

USA

9543 posts since 10/11/2010

Oh no! Not AGAIN !!! Help!

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:22:59 AM

53939 posts since 12/14/2005

Very well then.
"Gullable".

Words are such FUN!

Always ready to gallop to the rescue, to help a damsel in distress.


Feb 27, 2020 - 5:35:47 AM

roxygrl

USA

9543 posts since 10/11/2010

Mander? Will you please respond?..If it's my tag I don't want it..

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:51:37 AM

1056 posts since 12/2/2013

Holy Crow Mike, where'd you find that picture of Albert Hitchplot?

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:00:08 AM

3215 posts since 7/8/2010

The Burds was one of his best movies.

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:09:52 AM
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mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

Did you know that the word "gullible" isn't listed on dictionary.com?


Dang it Skip! You made me look! :-)

Edited by - mander on 02/27/2020 06:13:51

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:13:15 AM
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mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by roxygrl

Mander? Will you please respond?..If it's my tag I don't want it..


I'm sorry, respond to what?

I enjoyed your first post. I don't know what you mean by "tag"? I thought "tag" was the same as signature. I'm not even "hip" enough to know "hip" isn't "hip" anymore, so you might have to use small words when explaining modern terms to me.

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:17:33 AM
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14608 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by mander
quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

Did you know that the word "gullible" isn't listed on dictionary.com?


Dang it Skip! You made me look! :-)


I'm tempted to ask "Really?", but I'm (just barely) smart enough not to do that.wink

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:25 AM
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mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by DC5
quote:
Originally posted by eagleisland

Did you know that the word "gullible" isn't listed on dictionary.com?


And gullibility is not listed on Wikipedia.


 Aaaaaaahhh! Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you. :-)

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:28:21 AM

roxygrl

USA

9543 posts since 10/11/2010

quote: ?? Galloping to rescue?? You or me? Reality Mander, I'm really surprized? Y'all write stuff too?..

Originally posted by mander
quote:
Originally posted by roxygrl

Mander? Will you please respond?..If it's my tag I don't want it..


I'm sorry, respond to what?

I enjoyed your first post. I don't know what you mean by "tag"? I thought "tag" was the same as signature. I'm not even "hip" enough to know "hip" isn't "hip" anymore, so you might have to use small words when explaining modern terms to me.

 


Feb 27, 2020 - 6:34:48 AM

Owen

Canada

5178 posts since 6/5/2011

Mander, I'd say believe or not believe your friend based on a few instances, not just one.   

My wife and I have an acquaintance/friend (?) that we figure is about 80% BS.  We don't always know straight off on which side of the line any particular pronouncement lies, but since we don't base any earth-shattering decisions on what he says, we manage.   I'm not so sure that aside from variations in the BS percentage that both our friends are in any way atypical.

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:46:28 AM
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Wyozark

USA

962 posts since 12/2/2012

Copied from the Merriam-Webster website: "A recent commenter on our Web site asked, "Is gullibility a word"? Yes, it's entered as a run-on at our entry for "gullible," along with "gullibly." All three of these words descend from the verb gull, meaning "to deceive or take advantage of." The verb "gull" was borrowed into English from Anglo-French in the mid-16th century. Another relative is the noun "gull," referring to a person who is easy to cheat - no relation to the familiar word for a sea bird, which is of Celtic origin."
 
I've recounted that in a previous life I was in the prison business. Employees had to constantly be on guard (pun intended) to not fall for an inmate's deceptions. After getting burned a time or two most folks learned pretty good and were able to have a satisfying career. Those whose nature was to be repeatedly duped didn't last that long. The trouble was, sometimes a judgment had to be made or an action taken and if the automatic answer is no simply because no matter what the inmate is wrong or lying or faking or whatever can also be a really bad decision ("Ok. Let me get this straight: the inmate told you he was too sick to work but you thought he was faking it and you didn't call anyone and made him go to work anyway and now he's dead and the legislature and press are calling for my head and a very nice career is about to crash and I'll probably end up becoming an unemployed banjo player? Am I understanding this correctly?")
 
Horses live with a philosophy that everything [mountain lions, wolves, cars, kittens, plastic trash sacks, shiny pieces of gum wrapper, blowing leaves] is trying to eat them and act accordingly; if they can't be taught discernment then they aren't very good for trail riding and the experience is not pleasant. When I've encountered the  occasional person who is certain that the whole world is trying to screw them over - I've found that experience isn't very pleasant either. Gullible people may be frustrating to be around; cynical people can be tiresome to be around. However I try to have patience with both; I'd be pretty lonely if I tried to associate with only perfect people.
 
Quick story: 
 
Uh, no. I gotta get busy. Maybe I'll post something later. Maybe
Feb 27, 2020 - 6:59:46 AM

1606 posts since 2/10/2013

Greed and ignorance make individuals targets for opportunists. Now and then dedicate a little time to educating yourself on things you consider important. Make sure you get information from neutral sources. This is especially true of autobiographies. Doing this sometimes results in complete reversal of opinion.

Feb 27, 2020 - 8:17:48 AM

eljimb0

USA

1987 posts since 7/24/2007

There is something important in gullibility. If you can't be fooled anymore, then you have lost an important componant of humanity. .. as with Wyozark's horse ...you are sort of useless.

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:11:22 AM

Mooooo

USA

7614 posts since 8/20/2016

If this is the same person that duped you into cleaning the spiders from around the house with your face and hair, I think you will believe her whether you should or not. Either way, you seem really gullible.

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:46:01 AM

53939 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by roxygrl
quote: ?? Galloping to rescue?? You or me? Reality Mander, I'm really surprized? Y'all write stuff too?..

Originally posted by mander
quote:
Originally posted by roxygrl

Mander? Will you please respond?..If it's my tag I don't want it..


I'm sorry, respond to what?

I enjoyed your first post. I don't know what you mean by "tag"? I thought "tag" was the same as signature. I'm not even "hip" enough to know "hip" isn't "hip" anymore, so you might have to use small words when explaining modern terms to me.

 


 


I was reading a screen, and saw an avatar photo of a damsel, near the word "Help!"

 

Since you did not specify, in THAT post, what kind of help you needed, or from whom, and since we have been friends for quite some time, and since I'd already had the picture of my face on ZORRO'S body, I figured I'd offer whatever help I could.

"I'm just a soul, whose intentions are good!

O Lord,please don't let me be misunderstood."

-Eric Burdon, 1965-  https://youtu.be/NjJThUgljow

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:02:29 AM

10532 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Wyozark
When I've encountered the  occasional person who is certain that the whole world is trying to screw them over - I've found that experience isn't very pleasant either. Gullible people may be frustrating to be around; cynical people can be tiresome to be around.

I've had family members in the world's-out-to-get-you camp. They did not respect my tendency to be initially trusting of people. I'll admit I've even had trouble treating car salesmen as adversaries and I should KNOW they're out to get me! I'm not exactly gullible, but I may have fallen for things a time or two.

Anyway, I hope I can remember your succinct expression of this.

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:06:14 AM
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10532 posts since 6/2/2008

quote:
Originally posted by mander

Yesterday, my friend in advertising said, "Twenty-five percent of all people will believe anything they hear or read."
Should I believe her?


Is this a trick? I spent most of my career as an advertising/marketing copywriter so I want to answer seriously. But I'm afraid if do I'll just show I'm gullible.

Now look what you've done.

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