"Down-to-earth" -- what does it mean to you?

  • hartfan

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    Aug 24, 2009 10:06 PM GMT
    Recently, I was having a discussion with a group of friends and acquaintances about what they are expecting when they hear a guy being described as "down-to-earth". It turns out that different people seem to interpret it differently. I've even heard someone say that's a euphemism for "boring". That rankled me because I think I'm a relatively "down-to-earth" person which I take to mean practical, realistic, laid-back, earnest and humble.

    What do you guys think "down-to-earth" means? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
  • jgymnast733

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    Aug 24, 2009 11:45 PM GMT
    To me it mean UNPRETENTIOUS and WISE...
    My selfassured demeanour will sometimes make me appear not very down to earth, but once people meet me that always changes.icon_wink.gif
    Being down to earth is a good thing, however there is a time and a place for just how down to earth one should be...
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    Aug 24, 2009 11:48 PM GMT
    from experience, that he's a neurotic mess who is trying to hide it.. but that's just from my experience
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    Aug 24, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    To me, down-to-earth means humble, modest, friendly, approachable, easy going, open minded, non pretentious.

    But from my observations, a lot of guys that claim to be down-to-earth are selectively down-to-earth. Meaning, they're only down-to-earth to guys they have a romantic interest in. Everyone else just doesn't matter to them.
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    Aug 24, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    xrichx saidTo me, down-to-earth means humble, modest, friendly, approachable, easy going, open minded, non pretentious.

    But from my observations, a lot of guys that claim to be down-to-earth are selectively down-to-earth. Meaning, they're only down-to-earth to guys they have a romantic interest in. Everyone else just doesn't matter to them.


    *nods in agreement* Then, when the relationship is no longer new,and the glitter has hit the floor, true natures come out. >.< Then its usually quite a show from there. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    affected by gravitational pull. if too far down to earth - hobbit like.
  • Timbales

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    Aug 25, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidfrom experience, that he's a neurotic mess who is trying to hide it.. but that's just from my experience


    if he is self-described as down to earth, i'd agree
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 25, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    I used to think of "down to earth" and "grounded" to be the same... and they are similar, but they can mean different things to different people.

    "Down to earth" to me means, no pretense, flexible, easy communication,
    sincere... a quality I certainly appreciate in another......
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    Aug 25, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    "Down-to earth" to me means that the individual doesn't sweat the small stuff and has simple a approach to most things. They are easy to talk to and have a good natured attitude about them. Generally flexible socially and just an all around good person.

    Fun to be with and someone who doesn't put pressure on your or their self. They can generally laugh about most things but know when to be serious and they do it in good taste. They can take the good with the bad and have flaws and aren't afraid to admit them. If anything the flaws make more likable (depending on the flaws. LOL.)
  • cowboyathlete

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    Aug 25, 2009 1:15 AM GMT
    Guy101 said"Down-to earth" to me means that the individual doesn't sweat the small stuff and has simple approach to most things. They are easy to talk to and have a good natured attitude about them. Generally flexible socially and just an all around good person.
    That about sums it up for me. It stands in contrast to pretentious drama queens, for example.
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    Aug 25, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    jprichva saidReally fat. Down to earth, literally. So heavy they can't stand upright. Gigantic. Enormous. Obese. Huge. Down, crawling around on the earth, cursing gravity.


    As someone who was morbidly obese, i dont think thats a fair comment. icon_confused.gif
  • mcwclewis

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    Aug 25, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    it means "LIAR!!!!!"
  • Timbales

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    Aug 25, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    jprichva saidReally fat. Down to earth, literally. So heavy they can't stand upright. Gigantic. Enormous. Obese. Huge. Down, crawling around on the earth, cursing gravity.


    I am getting into shape. I've chosen sphere.
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    Aug 25, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidI used to think of "down to earth" and "grounded" to be the same... and they are similar, but they can mean different things to different people.

    "Down to earth" to me means, no pretense, flexible, easy communication,
    sincere... a quality I certainly appreciate in another......


    I would agree with this conclusion, and I'm well known for not putting on any pretence, other than being polite to people I may not like, but is that more of being a gentleman, than putting on pretence. I'm also known for being flexible, even when at times it does not suit me to be so.

    But I'm hesitant to put such labels on myself such as being grounded, as I feel thats for others to do.
  • DanielQQ

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    If I describe someone as "down to earth," I mean they are simple and sensible, and perhaps lack imagination.
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    Aug 25, 2009 2:09 AM GMT
    I think of people like Cher, Susan Sarandon, you know what I mean? They are cool, yet down-to-earth. They know what's goin' on. They've been there.
  • _gingin

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    its used so often its becoming a nice, easy phrase to mean you don't really care how you describe yourself
  • Heart2Heart

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:13 AM GMT

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:16 AM GMT
    Whenever I hear someone describe themselves as "down to earth". I roll my eyes. I understand what people mean when they say that, but just because you say that, it doesn't mean you are.

    The guys who are truly "down to earth" never have to say those words.

    And the guys who describe themselves as down to earth, in my experience, are usually the ones who use all the cliches......like "no drama" etc.

    In other words, bullshit........trying too hard to be, or project an image of perfection, being grounded and "no baggage".

    Down to earth, to me, means being real........with all of life's ups and downs, being open to new ideas, challenges, triumphs and failures.......

    It doesn't mean limiting yourself to the TV remote and being afraid to experiment and be different from the crowd.

    Sometimes I think gay guys like to describe themselves as down to earth because they want to differentiate themselves from the stereotypical gay guy. but in the process, they loose their sense of adventure and uniquiness and ultimately they castrate themselves. That's boring.

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    Aug 25, 2009 2:34 AM GMT
    In my thinking, there are two types of "down to earth".

    If someone's friends describe him as down to earth, he is probably easy going, not into drama, approachable, like to have fun, and a good conversationalist.

    If he describes himself as down to earth, it's probably closer to lilTanker's assessment: "a neurotic mess who is trying to hide it".

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    Aug 25, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    mcwclewis saidit means "LIAR!!!!!"


    icon_lol.gif True
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    Aug 25, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    For the life of me, i can't think of anyone telling me they are grounded, but then I have always thought actions speak louder than words anyway.

    It's like someone telling me they never lie, I just think time will tell.
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    Aug 25, 2009 4:02 AM GMT
    Well i've always thought it meant:
    Laid back
    Go with the Flow
    Realistic
    Friendly
    Approachable
    Sincere

    But I don't think too many understand it. Most guys just think it'll bring guys into their pants and thus use it in profiles and only reply to those they find attractive. And get venomish & stupid when someone turns them down or says they aren't their typeicon_lol.gif it's hilarious
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    Aug 25, 2009 6:18 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidfrom experience, that he's a neurotic mess who is trying to hide it.. but that's just from my experience


    I share the same experience with you.
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    Aug 25, 2009 7:03 AM GMT
    I must be neurotic, a liar, and clearly lacking in imagination not to mention boring with something to hide. All this is figured out just be reading a few words from a personal description of one's self. That's funny.

    I just read a few profiles and I gotta say I find it hilarious that few of you would even say these things especially after what I read in certain profiles of people who commented to this post. I'll restrain myself from laughing and pointing since it's unnecessary.

    Some people have profiles who appear to make themselves out to be more then what they are. This is true and I can't dispute that but by the rare chance sometimes what you read really is what you get.

    I'd rather a guy use a simple cliche as some call it rather then babble on about something that doesn't even describe himself. At least then I'd have an idea of what I'm dealing and I'll know how to approach the situation.

    In any case if you are gonna shy away from someone because they say they are down to earth aren't you exhibiting the same thing as someone who is unimaginative and unadventurous by not taking a chance and finding out first hand? Could it be that maybe you, the individual, might be the one with something to hide?

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