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Is IGNORANT a rude word? I mean to say I don't see how it is rude(maybe, in some contexts). Can I not say I am ignorant of the news that Brazil's president is dead? Here, I don't know, but am answering more formally.

Can I not say politely that I am afraid I am ignorant of the number of people who died of Covid epidemic?

Can I not use the word IGNORANT formally?

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ignorant has these two meanings.

1. lacking knowledge

2 uncouth, rude

I don't hear #2 as much as I used to.

Clive

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jayprakash Singh

Is IGNORANT a rude word? I mean to say I don't see how it is rude(maybe, in some contexts). Can I not say I am ignorant of the news that Brazil's president is dead? Here, I don't know, but am answering more formally.

Can I not say politely that I am afraid I am ignorant of the number of people who died of Covid epidemic?

Can I not use the word IGNORANT formally?

Please do not double post. You already have more than one answer here:

VOCABULARY: IGNORANT (RUDE)

CJ

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Sir, would it be impolite of me to say, "I am afraid I am ignorant of English grammar; would you kindly recommend me some grammar books?"

Please expound!

Sir, would it be impolite of me to say, "I am afraid I am ignorant of English grammar; would you kindly recommend to me some grammar books?"

Please expound!

No, that is very polite.

Clive

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I am deeply regretful for having to double post, sir. I hope you would forgive me for that. The reason I double posted was that I had lost my account and password, so I couldn't find my question answered. Thereafter, I got my password changed. Thankfully, I have got my question( it was utterly urgent to me) answered. Thanks for answering.

jayprakash SinghThe reason I double posted was that I had lost my account and password, so I couldn't find my question answered.

Ah. OK.

CJ

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