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DEAF, DUMB, AND BLIND. A man born deaf, dumb, and blind, is considered an idiot. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 304; F. N. B. 233; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2111.

DUMB. One who cannot speak; a person who is mute. See Deaf and dumb, Deaf, dumb, and blind; Mute, standing mute.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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He makes it clear at one point that the history he presents is no doubt "old hat" for economists interested in their discipline's history (which I take to be a small number, given the earlier cited comments about historical dumbness); and furthermore, that what Duppe really wants to establish is a new way of showing why the problems economists face today have arisen.
Within last 3 months several episodes of transient ischemic attacks with 30-40-minute periods of weakness and dumbness in left extremities took place, self-regressing afterwards.
"I'm going to have to restrain some of my standard dumbness!" Contactmusic quoted Smith as saying.
But when we finally saw this handsome, strapping, composed young athlete in the Newmarket paddock, representing a stable that never travels over on a whim, it is still a matter of public dumbness and private irritation that the penny did not drop.
I wanted to say something clear, and all I had was ears so full of letters and words: k's, diphthongs, sporks, and cyborgs, trying to neologize the collision of them or find someone to blame for my dumbness. Consilience doesn't mean sentience, not without a certain self-awareness anyway, more than it requires to tie your shoelaces.
Friedman's fluctuating uneasiness with Obama's troop surge is compounded by the fact that current US relationships include the "Afghan police and government, [who] are so corrupt that more than a few Afghans prefer the Taliban." His only consolation is the possibility that "The Class Too Dumb to Quit can take all that it learned in Iraq and help rebuild The Country That's Been Too Broken to Work," an optimistic spin on dumbness which also characterizes the New York Times' choice of foreign affairs columnists.
Lines like 'The next time I see you, I'm gonna put a bullet in your head' should have taken this out of the way of under 12s, but teen viewers will not only enjoy the dumbness on view but will leave the cinema desperate to have a ride on Blart's Segway electric scooter.
The only disappointing point about his ignominious retirement is that we'll be denied his regular dose of dumbness, always a tonic in dire times.
That's where Isabel Archer is sitting by the fire thinking about her life, and she realizes that instead of a life of freedom she imagined she'd find by marrying Gilbert Osmond, she's trapped in "the house of dumbness, the house of deafness, the house of suffocation." I read that at 3 a.m.
Their dumbness having disappeared, the two beggars were hurling invectives once again.
Two recent books, Mark Bauerlein's "The Dumbest Generation" and Rick Shenkman's "Just How Stupid Are We?," seek to plumb the depths of our dumbness. We do, after all, live in a nation in which many of us believed that Saddam Hussein had a role in the 9/11 attacks years after the Bush administration had to pull back from that claim.