I have heard women, usually young women about college age, refer to men that they don’t like too much as “tools.” A woman recently referred to Matt Moneymaker of the the BFRO as a “tool.” I couldn’t figure out exactly what she meant by that, but this definition seemed to be the closest:
1.) A guy with a hugely over-inflated ego, who in an attempt to get undue attention for himself, will act like a jackass, because, in his deluded state, he will think it’s going to make him look cool, or make others want to be like him. The person may even insincerely apologize later on, but only in an attempt to get more attention, or to excuse his blatantly intentional, and unrepentantly toolish behavior.
2.) Someone whose ego FAR exceeds his talent, intelligence, and likeability. But, of course, he is clueless regarding that fact. He erroneously thinks he is THE MAN!
3.) Someone who others normally refer to as a prick, dick, or schmuck.
4.) Someone who acts like a dick, because…well…he’s compensating.
5.) Kanye West
Observer #1: Hey, did you see Kanye West’s idiotic stunt at the awards show?
Observer #2: Oh, you mean, “Mr. It’s-All-About Me?”
Observer #1: Yeah…what an asshole.
Observer #2: I know. He’s such a tool!
Is that something like a “douchebag?”
I have also heard young women use to refer to boneheaded young sexist male morons. For instance, the guys who held up the We Love Yale Sluts sign at Yale University were referred to on feminist blogs as “tools.”
This definition would seem to suffice:
In fact, tools often take life too seriously, and therefore try too hard to manipulate others and to win everything, but always playing by the rules of society. Intellectual pursuits are not of any interest to a tool, and people who are interested in them are “stuck-up” or “faggy”.
A tool just likes to have a few beers, watch and talk about sports constantly, and refer to women as “sluts” and themselves “players”. Tools are usually borderline retarded, but hide it well because they have the uncanny ability to conform almost perfectly to social norms.
If a movie, or song becomes popular in society, the tool will quickly adapt said movie or song as one of their favorites (see Lil’ Jon, Souljah Boy, Boondock Saints). Their “social commentary” is often crudely taken from the last episode of South Park.
A tool can usually be spotted wearing a backwards baseball cap and athletic attire, playing beer pong at any large, obnoxious party where loud mainstream rap music is played.
“Whoaaaaaaaaa, party foul bro! What a fag!”
“Wow, that guy is such a tool.”
That should do it for now. Next we will move on to “douchebag.” I am not exactly sure what that means!