The Perfect Idiot/Ass

Is there such a thing as the perfect idiot/ass?

Let’s get down to some good ol’ definitions courtesy of



1. conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type: a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.
2. excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement: There is no perfect legal code. The proportions of this temple are almost perfect.
3. exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose: a perfect actor to play Mr.Micawber; a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.
4. entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings: a perfect apple; the perfect crime.
5. accurate, exact, or correct in every detail: a perfect copy.
6.  thorough; complete; utter: perfect strangers.

7. pure or unmixed: perfect yellow.
8. unqualified; absolute: He has perfect control over his followers.
9. expert; accomplished; proficient.
10. unmitigated; out-and-out; of an extreme degree: He made a perfect fool of himself.



1. Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person.
2. Psychology . (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.
1250–1300; Middle English  < Latin idiōta  < Greek idiṓtēs  private person, layman, person lacking skill or expertise, equivalent to idiō-  (lengthened variant of idio- idio-, perhaps by analogy with stratiōtēs professional soldier, derivative of stratiá  army) + -tēs  agent noun suffix



1. a long-eared, slow, patient, sure-footed domesticated mammal, Equus asinus,  related to the horse,used chiefly as a beast of burden.
2. any wild species of the genus Equus,  as the onager.
3. a stupid, foolish, or stubborn person.
before 1000; Middle English asse, Old English assa,  probably hypocoristic form based on Old Irish asan

So . . .

Going on the above definition it seems to me that ‘The Perfect Idiot/Ass’ is an oxymoron much like the saying ‘You have to be cruel to be kind. I think by using the word oxymoron I have put this saying into the correct category? If not I would be delighted for someone who knows the correct word to comment and let me know.

The little worm that wiggled its way through my thoughts is shown below!


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