Posted by: episystechpubs | April 1, 2013

Editor’s Corner: April Fools’ Day

Random fourth-grader: “Did you know the word gullible is not in the dictionary?”

Young Miss Church: “Really?”

Oh no! It was already too late to come back from that. My heart sunk when I realized I’d just been bamboozled in front of the other kids on the playground. Kids laughed and I turned bright red, knowing I’d been had. April Fools’ Day, and I was not only gullible but I was a fool. I haven’t liked this day since!

Unfortunately, my husband loves this day and is the type of guy that will go to great lengths to trick people. A faked mushroom allergy? A website outlining some crazy new philosophy he’s invented? A new Facebook page where he is suddenly a champion of My Little Pony toys and has started a fan club? Yes, this is my life.

So today, I give in. I looked up synonyms for the word gullible, and they sure aren’t pretty. The Wikipedia definition of gullibility makes me feel like I should just give up and become a hermit.

Synonyms for gullible:

· believing

· biting

· credulous

· deceivable

· easily taken in

· easy mark

· exploitable

· foolish

· genuine

· green

· guileless

· innocent

· naive

· silly

· simple

· sucker

· susceptible

· swallowing whole

· taken in

· taking the bait

· trusting

· uncritical

· unsophisticated

· unsuspecting

· unwary

· unworldly

· wide-eyed

And from Wikipedia:

Gullibility is a failure of social intelligence in which a person is easily tricked or manipulated into an ill-advised course of action. It is closely related to credulity, which is the tendency to believe unlikely propositions that are unsupported by evidence.

Classes of people especially vulnerable to exploitation due to gullibility include children, the elderly, and the developmentally disabled.

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