Idiot vs Benjamin - What's the difference?

idiot | benjamin |

As nouns the difference between idiot and benjamin

is that idiot is (slang|derogatory) a proponent of intelligent design while benjamin is baby (lastborn of a family).



Alternative forms

* eejit * idjit, idget (eye dialect)


(en noun)
  • (pejorative) A person of low general intelligence.
  • usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
  • (obsolete, medicine, psychology) A person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    * genius



    Etymology 1

    From benzoin.


    (en noun)
  • A balsamic resin from the bark of Styrax trees used in perfumes, incense, and medicine; benzoin resin.
  • A type of tree which produces benzoin or has similar properties; specifically, .
  • (UK, informal, dated) A kind of upper coat for men.
  • * 1826 , The Atheneum: Volume 18 (page 236)
  • something which is not long enough to constitute a benjamin , and too long for a dress coat or spencer

    See also

    * (Benjamin tree)

    Etymology 2

    From the image of on the US $100 bill.


    (en noun)
  • (US, slang) : a .
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