There's a sentence (from a screenplay) that says "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, so it'd be on the spectrum between the two. Thanks in advance.

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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'. Commented May 8, 2022 at 15:55
  • Funny how nobody ever shows up here asking for our help in saying something nice about somebody else. Instead it's always about saying horrible things about something we disapprove of, even though this has never required fancy words to sting the worst.
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 16, 2023 at 4:55

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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
    Commented May 8, 2022 at 19:57

"Bart, we’re literally here buying you drugs cus you’re incapable of buying your own high."

From Merriam-Webster.com:


  1. : lacking capacity, ability, or qualification for the purpose or end in view: such as

    a : not able or fit for the doing or performance : INCOMPETENT

  2. : lacking legal qualification or power (as by reason of mental incompetence) : DISQUALIFIED


"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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