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Euphemisms for Stupid and Crazy

Words play a powerful role in out lives. In fact, some words are just too powerful. These words are either too holy or too shameful or embarrassing. We often replace such words with euphemisms like those listed here that we sometimes use to replace stupid and crazy. These euphemistic phrases are also a bit funny; they seem to form a minor literary genre. If you don't see your favorite here, send it to us via our contact page.

He's a brick or two shy a full load.
His lift doesn't go all the way to the top floor.
He isn't playing with a full deck.
There's a card or two missing from his deck.
He doesn't have all his marbles.
He is off his rocker.
He has bats in their belfry.
He has a loose screw (in their head).
He's a current or two shy a tea cake.
He's off his meds/medications.
Contributions by Agorans
Iain Smallwood
He's not the brightest button on the blazer.
He's not the sharpest tool in the box.
He's a sandwich short of a picnic.
Jeremy Busch
He's a dim bulb.
He's not the swiftest boat on the lake.
He's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
David McWethy
He's been microwaving with the door open.
The lights are on, but nobody's home.