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As thick as two short planks



mari_18cf
Brazil

As thick as two short planks
 
Why is the meaning "stupid"?

What is the origin of it?

19 Oct 2012      



papadeli
Greece

I ´ve found some answers about this.
1st
 
Greetings from Greece,

20 Oct 2012     



SaraMariam
United States

For the history of words, I sometimes use http://www.etymonline.com . Can be pretty interesting sometimes to see where words had their origin :)

HUgs
Sara

20 Oct 2012     



almaz
United Kingdom

As Sara ´s link goes on to say, thick meaning ´stupid ´/ ´obtuse ´ dates back to the late 16th century (Shakespeare used it in this way), but it may in fact have developed from an earlier use signifying ´lacking sensitivity ´ (the related meaning of dense only dates back to the 19th century, by the way). And two short planks are proportionally thicker than two long planks.

20 Oct 2012