In a class today, We were talking about people who are easily deceived or fooled . My learner was explaining that he was the total opposite. He had trouble trusting people after so many years in the public sector.
I taught him the following expressions.
- My brother is very gullible. (i.e. naive, easily fooled. The etymology stems from the word ‘gull’ that meant newly hatched bird in middle English.)
- She is easy duped. (i.e. easily cheated or fooled)
- The new hire is so green. (i.e. with little experience)
- I have become wary of others.(i.e. suspicious, doubtful)
- Does being wary come with age?
- Do you know people who are naive or is gullibility children’s territory?
- Does a gullibility breed more or less innovation in your opinion?
p.s. I wish I were a little gullible. it would probably mean I could still look at the world with a child-like view.