Definition of no Brainer

There are certain decisions in life people refer to as “No Brainers.” To people from foreign countries, where English is not spoken frequently, this statement can cause some translation issues. To begin with, the word brainers is not in the English dictionary, let alone a French/English dictionary or a Spanish/English dictionary. This causes much confusion, but the statement can be broken down to an easy understanding. You just need to break the phrase down and analyze it.

To Define the Word “No”

First, look at the beginning word of the statement, “no.”  What does “no” mean?  It means “not allowed,” “Do not do,” or “doesn’t require.”  “No” is the easy word of the phrase.  It is in every English dictionary and every English conversion dictionary, and is usually the one of the first words a non-English speaker learns.  It is also a very common word, as it means the same thing in many other languages.  While the spelling does differ from language to language, the majority of the world understands the word “no” when it is spoken to them.  With regard to the phrase “no brainer,” the most practical definition is “Does not require.”

What is a Brainer?

Focusing on the word “brainer” might use a person’s intellect a little more, but not that much more. The obvious word that “brainer” is derived from is “brain,” which most civilized people realize is the organ that allows us to think, comprehend, and perform other human functions (movement, speaking, understanding, loving, and remembering). So a person might conclude that the word “brainer” would be defined as the following:

– A person who has a very big brain.

– An issue that involves a lot of thought.

– Someone who uses their brain more than the general population.

It is clear that a person who has a very big brain could be considered a “brainer.” A person who uses their brain more than the average person could also be called a “brainer.” While both of these are true, with the phrase “no brainer,” the logical definition for “brainer” is “an issue that involves a lot of thought.”  This definition most clearly defines what this phrase is portraying.

Definition of “No Brainer”

Having gone through the definition of “no” and the possible definitions of “brainer,” it is now time to define the whole phrase “no brainer.”  A “no brainer,” is a decision that is obvious.  It could also be defined as a situation that requires no thought to decide the correct answer.  One last definition, which is probably considered the standard for the phrase is “a situation in which the correct response or answer is so obvious, a person who chose something other than it would be considered mentally incapable of processing the easiest of simple tasks and mental processes.” 

Examples of “No Brainer” Situations

1.  Gordon, a blackjack gambler, is dealt a hand of two aces at the beginning of a deck.  The “No Brainer” choice is to split the aces, as two blackjack possibilities are available.  It is a “No Brainer” for Gordon to split his two aces.  This is because it takes no brains to realize that two aces, with four kings, four queens, four jacks, and four tens still yet to show in the deck are available to make two blackjack hands, which pay one and a half times the bet.

2.  Emily, a drugstore pharmacist, is propositioned by her boss that she’ll receive a raise if she sleeps with him.  The “No Brainer” choice is to say “no,” because Emily understands that her bosses actions are illegal, and that accepting such an offer would only create a more hostile work environment after the affair.

3.  Robert, who has worked his entire life for Sampson and Sons Inc., has been offered a promotion to floor manager of their Ithaca chain, which doubles his salary, benefits, and gives him two extra weeks a year of vacation.  The “No Brainer” choice is “Yes!,” as this promotion not only gives Robert more money to spend, but an opportunity to visit Bolivia, which has always been a dream of his.

Conclusions about the “No Brainer” Decision

A “No Brainer” decision is a decision that is so easy to make, a primate could make the decision without consulting his/her friends, family, or counselor.  Life is full of “No Brainer” decisions, but it falls on each person to decide whether these decisions are “No Brainers” or not.  Most “No Brainers” are easy to identify.