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

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


You seem to be looking for vapid.

: not lively or interesting : dull or boring


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)


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

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

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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