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I asked my friend to recommend to me a good movie to watch and he answers with a very cult movie. Or I ask him a metaphoric question but he answers with a common response. He doesn't think nor ponder. He replies with the most popular/obvious answer.

What can we call this kind of person or this situation?

More info Edit: He always responses with the obvious answers unintentionally. He has no class and he is just like ignorant to give advices about the subject

Edit2: maybe some people think "why are you asking a question to someone you think cannot answer it, someone you try to describe ignorant about the subject". I am asking because i think he might know but his answer was very very obvious. So, i should call him with a 'word' and then maybe he become aware of the situation

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  • If he answers like most would answer, then he is normal, or at worst, ordinary. If you want a particular connotation, can you provide more specifics? – jxh Jan 22 '15 at 1:18
  • jxh, 'ordinary' is ok but i feel like i am looking for another one – user107033 Jan 22 '15 at 1:23
  • Replying to a metaphoric question with a popular/obvious answer suggests a conventional person; but replying to a request for a movie suggestion with the name of "a very cult movie" suggests that a subset of full-bore conventionality is at work—namely, predictability within a constellation of fixed interests. Perhaps the most accurate term for such a person's answers is reflexive, since they come not from any considered thought at the time the question is asked but, as it were, from a database of prepackaged responses available at the press of a mental button. – Sven Yargs Jan 22 '15 at 1:23
  • Sven, 'conventional' seemed pretty good answer to me. Thank you! Also, i remembered that 'cliche' may be a good word to describe his 'answer'. Thanks again! – user107033 Jan 22 '15 at 1:39
  • @user107033 Another word to describe his answers might be "facile." – SAH May 26 '16 at 4:33
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I'd opt for glib.

As Merriam-Webster has it

glib adjective \ˈglib\
: said or done too easily or carelessly : showing little preparation or thought
: speaking in a smooth, easy way that is not sincere

and from OED

  1. Of an action, method, procedure: Easy, meeting no obstruction; off-hand.
  2. Of a speaker or writer, of the tongue, etc.: ‘Well-oiled’, ready and fluent in utterance.
    Of language: Characterized by fluency and readiness. Chiefly in contemptuous use, implying lack of thought or of sincerity.

Particularly the last sentence in OED 3 above.


"Glib." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2015. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glib

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You seem to be looking for vapid.

: not lively or interesting : dull or boring

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I don't know how widespread this is, but I've always referred to this type of person (and response) as LCD (lowest common denominator). (US)

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If you feel you're not being taken seriously, you might describe the person as flippant (Google def'n):

flippant : not showing a serious or respectful attitude.

  • No, i mean he answers like a pleb – user107033 Jan 22 '15 at 1:09
  • @user107033 I'm not sure what you mean. Please edit your question to add in more information. – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jan 22 '15 at 1:11
  • Okay, i edited now – user107033 Jan 22 '15 at 1:19
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ill-considered -- lacking thorough consideration; ill-suited; unwise.

Definition taken from dictionary.com

  • you're right, it would – Derek Tomes Jan 22 '15 at 21:33
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Perhaps, repartee, noun - conversation in which clever statements and replies are made quickly. (TFD)

Origin : French repartie, from repartir to retort, from Middle French, from re- + partir to divide.

But when you say,"he has no class "- it is evocative of a lowbrow.

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