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—Chris on the dreaded word
Naïve is both one of Chris's most-used insults, and his least favorite word. According the Merriam-Webster English dictionary, the word "naïve" means "deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment; especially: credulous"; Chris, however, defines it in the July 10th Messages as merely "questioning one's intelligence", showing that he only understands the most overly simplified definition of the word. By the time of the Jackie e-mails, he had apparently corrected his definition outwardly, but unless he really cares about his non-existent experience, he probably still believes it simply means "stupid". In the Wallflower E-mails, he finally uses the correct definition, confirming that "naive" is really just an unacceptable jab at his unwarranted self-importance. He also refers to it as "the cruelest of words". He often pairs it with "retard", "slow-in-the-mind", or one of his many other CWC-ism insults.
Chris has called others (largely trolls) "naïve" on many occasions. During the Liquid Saga, he remarked that the name Ian Brandon Anderson sounds "about as bad as the word naïve to me now". It has never occurred to Chris that assuming that other people find the word "naïve" as offensive as he does is, well, naïve.
The origins of Chris's disdain for this word likely come from occasions when it has been used against him in attempts to give him constructive criticism, such as the Vivian Gee E-mails. He seems to have twisted its original, relatively polite meaning into the worst insult he can muster. When Matt called him naïve during the Father Call, Chris became enraged, almost to the point of threatening physical violence--of course, he quickly backed down once he was reminded that he was giving threats to an ex-Marine.
Ironically, back in the comics, he's accurately used it to describe himself in a non-condescending way, being "naive about dating during young adult years", suggesting that he once understood its definition properly. He seems to get seriously offended when other people call him that, but has used it several times to describe himself in the past tense.
Chris himself appears to be seriously naïve, a so-called naïf, especially in his attitudes to Honest Content and posting his personal details everywhere he can.
- From a YouTube comment to Liquid Chris on the REAL Protest against the FAKE video.
- From Mailbag 21.
- Autism Tutorial Extra - "...my first least favorite of all time is 'naive'."
- Merriam-Webster's online entry about "naïve"
- "Naive; it questions my mentality and experience."
- ibid. "My least favorite word of ALL time is "naive", NOT because of how it is spelt, but it questions and belittles ones intelligence and experience. I am well-experienced and knowledgeable in a lot of things." Note that the Wallflower did not ask him for this answer.
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