What the F does "Down to earth" mean?

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    Jul 30, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    I'm always reading guys profiles, 90% of them say:

    1.) I'm really down to earth

    2.) I'm looking for a guy whos really down to earth

    3.) Both


    What the fuck does that even mean? Do I consider myself down to earth? Thats a label I place on under achievers, people who are uncreative and boring.

    I want an intelligent space cadet please.
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
    it means someone who is sensible and realistic, or just plain simple, without being pretentious. a lot of people put this because they feel like normal people just trying to live their lives and want someone like them: without a lot of baggage or drama. at least that is the meaning for me...
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    Someone who is real, not selfish, pretentious, stubborn, egotistical.
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
    stone66 saidit means someone who is sensible and realistic, or just plain simple, without being pretentious. a lot of people put this because they feel like normal people just trying to live their lives and want someone like them: without a lot of baggage or drama. at least that is the meaning for me...


    I think the better question is whether anyone, regardless of how much baggage or drama they have, would ever answer, "No" to "Are you a down to earth kind of person?"

    It's essentially a non-differentiating descriptor, like "Funny" and "Smart", and "Masculine" that people who can't think of something creative to put in their profiles use.
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    I cite from my profile, which, btw, if you had read you would have known:


    “Down to earth, masculine guys” tend to be high maintenance, neurotic queens in denial. I´d rather have someone who knows that they are worth putting up with. I certainly am.
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:09 PM GMT
    I think it reads better than 'up myself'.
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:29 PM GMT
    new_guyme saidI'm always reading guys profiles, 90% of them say:

    1.) I'm really down to earth

    2.) I'm looking for a guy whos really down to earth

    3.) Both


    What the fuck does that even mean? Do I consider myself down to earth? Thats a label I place on under achievers, people who are uncreative and boring.

    I want an intelligent space cadet please.



    Or better yet ^^^^^ When it reads :: " I'm extremely easy going " .. . . . .


    Its a fucking plague I'm telling you ... .. .

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    Jul 30, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    They all sound about right to me
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    new_guyme saidI'm always reading guys profiles, 90% of them say:

    1.) I'm really down to earth

    2.) I'm looking for a guy whos really down to earth

    3.) Both


    What the fuck does that even mean? Do I consider myself down to earth? Thats a label I place on under achievers, people who are uncreative and boring.

    I want an intelligent space cadet please.


    Besides "masc" .... "down to earth" is one other term that I despise.

    I get into arguments all the time with people about what it means.

    Down to earth has no meaning - its all relative to your own views and experiences.

    A person living in a rural is going to have a very different view of what down to earth means, as compared to maybe a person living in NYC. Add to that the complications of socioeconomic status and upbringing.... and you have a slippery term that has no real meaning.

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    Jul 30, 2011 3:45 PM GMT
    No no, you guys got it wrong. Down to earth means you like hiking, camping, growing your own vegetables, and simple pleasures. You'd rather be sweeping up a cabin floor and collecting wood than drinking at a gay bar.

    You're earthy. At one with the land. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    down to earth? I wonder myself too on what that means exactly

    -chill?
    -laid back?
    -keeping it real?
    -saying exactly what they mean, not being phony or shady?
    -no talking sh*t about other people or snitching?
    -regular normal earthling without drama?
    -all of the above?
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    Jul 30, 2011 3:51 PM GMT
    Down to Earth: straight from somewhere beyond the Earth. Knowing nothing, acting idiotically, just like someone who does not know anything about the Earth.
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    It's a compliment, and it means you have good common sense and a knack for relating well to other human beings.
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    ZbmwM5 saidDown to earth has no meaning - its all relative to your own views and experiences.

    A person living in a rural is going to have a very different view of what down to earth means, as compared to maybe a person living in NYC. Add to that the complications of socioeconomic status and upbringing.... and you have a slippery term that has no real meaning.

    Isn't that true with most self-descriptions, relative versus absolute?
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    Pagan?
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    ZbmwM5 saidDown to earth has no meaning - its all relative to your own views and experiences.

    A person living in a rural is going to have a very different view of what down to earth means, as compared to maybe a person living in NYC. Add to that the complications of socioeconomic status and upbringing.... and you have a slippery term that has no real meaning.

    Isn't that true with most self-descriptions, relative versus absolute?


    To some degree, yes. But I think we would all find it much easier to agree on someone being 'outgoing' for instance, vs down to earth..... I just think down to earth is extremely slippery.
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
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    ZbmwM5 saidDown to earth has no meaning - its all relative to your own views and experiences.

    A person living in a rural is going to have a very different view of what down to earth means, as compared to maybe a person living in NYC. Add to that the complications of socioeconomic status and upbringing.... and you have a slippery term that has no real meaning.

    Isn't that true with most self-descriptions, relative versus absolute?

    To some degree, yes. But I think we would all find it much easier to agree on someone being 'outgoing' for instance, vs down to earth..... I just think down to earth is extremely slippery.

    It just doesn't seem to me to be more ambiguous than other terms. Take "outgoing". Someone could be very pretentious, and also outgoing. Another similar term is "grounded". I think all are imprecise, so the most reasonable thing to do is accept that the person will choose from the palette of terms all that he thinks are most appropriate. Then when reading his profile, to the extent a "complete" profile is shown, we get an impression. Even then, impressions are often colored by our own attributes as well as the profile owner's.
  • ryno

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    Jul 30, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    down to earth = obeys the law of gravity
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:38 PM GMT
    It's supposed to mean very normal, logical, tangible, etc....but in my experience people who specify this in their profiles are usually CRAZY!
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:44 PM GMT
    Down to earth = a midget. Someone who's close to the ground.

    That term has no meaning whatsoever man.

    Other terms that are just as terrible to use: "Normal", "Average". Seriously guys? Whose goal in life is to be just normal and average?
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    Haha, thanks OP, Im often told Im a bit of a Space Cadet myself ^_^

    Agree with most ppl up here, that used in profiles, its similar to laid-back, chill, masculine, and other non-descriptors that may turn out to be queens with attitude

    However, the way I hear most ppl use it (not gay ppl, bt in general) does not have anything to do with attitude.. it simply means "practical, sober, sensible, realistic and pragmatic"

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/down-to-earth

    In which case, I understand why you prefer a space cadet... they can be crative and fanciful and spontaneous more so than a down-to-earth person icon_smile.gif

    3. Down to earth
    Someone basic, attached to day by day issues, ruled by the common sense. Not a dreamer or idealistic, not into the creative field or the Arts. Usually connoted with one either without studies or a especial knowledge or intellectual skill. In some context you may use it to express ones singular act, but not the person them self.

    "I'm quite down to earth: eating, drinking, fucking and sleeping are my life".

    "She's too down to earth you may need to do a drawing, so she may understand."

    "Lincoln used to plant his own garden."

    "This book is really down to earth; any child can read it."


    [url]http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=down%20to%20earth&defid=4798899[/url]
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    Jul 30, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    Someone who doesn't have his head in the clouds ;)
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    Jul 30, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    It means "I don't know how to write an original an engaging profile so I'll just copy what I read in 3 million other profiles and hope I get by".
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    Jul 30, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    theantijock saidDown to earth means that you don't have your nose in the air so that you can still smell the bullshit.


    This.
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    Jul 30, 2011 5:06 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidIt means "I don't know how to write an original an engaging profile so I'll just copy what I read in 3 million other profiles and hope I get by".


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