The sentence (from a screenplay) writes: "Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re not able to buy your own high"

I want to replace the words "not able" with something better. It needs to connote that the person is too scared but also too stupid to do this on his own. Thanks in advance.

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    Scared stupid pretty well does the job.
    – Elliot
    May 8 at 4:50
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    It's arguable that scaredness and intelligence are orthogonal. If so, there will be no spectrum / gradience, and the question is akin to asking for a term meaning both 'too heavy and 'too pink'. May 8 at 15:55
  • You can't manage to buy your own. This allows for multiple causes. May 9 at 3:45

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"Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re too chicken to buy your own high"

From Urban Dictionary, which for once, provides a decent definition

too chicken

When someone is too much of a pussy to do something. When they don't have the guts or balls to do whatever it is you are referring to. This phrase can also be used for yourself, you are referring to the fact that you don't have it in you to face whatever it is. You or (They) are too chicken to do it.

Moreover, chickens are not notorious for being clever animals.

  • yeah this is pretty good
    – Sherman64
    May 8 at 19:57

"panicky" may fit the bill, as it implies unreasoning and overpowering fear, making one unable to act astutely in an emergency.

panicky - "thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation"


pathetic (Lexico.com)

  1. Arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness
  2. Miserably inadequate; of very low standard

...where in practice, that "vulnerability" is often fearfulness, and/or the "inadequacy" is lack of brains or common sense.

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