We have a word tiomny in Russian which has the meanings blind, dim, and dumb. Is there a word (possibly slang) in American English which is as close in meaning to both blind and slow on the uptake?
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The only thing that comes slightly to mind might be a reference to the old cartoon character, Mr. Magoo.
Otherwise, you will have to resort to some more general term for someone who is um, “subclueful”. Such terms are almost infinite in number, for many are coined daily to supplement those that come down to us from Shakespeare and before.
Since you’ve asked for slang, I can give you a starting list. Including both nouns and adjectives, and ranging from fairly fanciful to unspeakably vulgar, such a list might include words such as:
airhead, ass, asshole, asswipe, astigmatic, babe, barbarian, bastard, batarded, bear, birdbrain, bitch, blind, blindakins, blind ass, blindered, blockhead, bonehead, boob, bore, brute, buffoon, cad, careless, child, chump, churl, clod, clodpate, clown, credulous, cretin, dick, dickhead, dickwad, dickweek, dillrod, dillweed, dimwit, dipshit, dodo, dolt, doof, doofus, dookie, dope, dork, douche, douchebag, dufus, dumb, dumbass, dumbbell, dumbfuck, dumb ox, dumdum, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, dupe, dweeb, easy mark, fag, fair game, fathead, fool, foolish, fuckhead, fucktard, geek, goon, goose, greenhorn, gull, gullible, halfsighted, halfwit, headlong, idiot, ignoramus, ill-advised, ill-considered, illiterate, imbecile, imperceptive, impolitic, impractical, improvident, imprudent, ingénue, ingenuous, injudicious, innocent, jackass, jerk, lamebrain, lightweight, loon, loser, lout, lunkhead, meathead, moron, Mr Magoo, myopic, naïf, naïve, nearsighted, nerd, nimrod, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, noob, numbnuts, numskull, oaf, peasant, philistine, presbyopic, prick, rash, retard, retarded, rube, sap, schlemiel, schmuck, shithead, shortsighted, silly, simple soul, simpleton, spaz, stooge, stupid, sucker, tard, tarded, tool, trusting soul, turkey, twerp, twit, twitterpated, unsagacious, unwary, victim, vulgarian, yoyo.
There is also a lot of variation in whether some of those compounds are written with or without spaces, or with or without hyphens.
Be warned that these vary in register from the recondite to the extremely coarse, and in contemporaneity from the outdated to the extremely recent, with plenty of nonce words to boot. So I would never recommend any of them to a non-native speaker without knowing a great deal more about the exact context in which they planned to use them. Otherwise you could very easily get yourself into extremely hot water.
For that matter, even Mr. Magoo is a cultural reference many will not get, and is quite possible offensive to blind people.
This is treacherous ice you’re trying to walk on here. Be very careful. Whatever you do, check with more than one native speaker to verify your choice.