"I hope you don't object to my badgering the witless."

Source: Diablo II, Alkor

Does it refer to the group of people who are witless or to my character in the game (maybe I'm just confusing this with the phrase "the witless one")?

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    It doesn't really refer to a group of people who are witless - just those/any/all people who are witless in general (who may or may not be clustered into one or more groups). Same as the poor (who are always with us) = those people who are poor. – FumbleFingers Aug 17 '14 at 19:23

Your source observes that the character who speaks this line is notable for "rude humour", and many of his other lines reveal a penchant for insulting his clients. Its precise application can only be ascertained in context; but I think the main point is that is a (weak) pun on a stock line from courtroom dramas, where one lawyer or another is often criticized for badgering the witness.

  • Does it mean then something like "I hope you don't mind that I keep pestering people."? – user9657 Aug 17 '14 at 21:27
  • @user9657 It might; or it might mean "I hope you don't mind my treating your friends like idiots"; or it might mean "I hope you don't mind my treating you like an idiot". You can't really tell without playing the game and seeing what contexts it shows up in. – StoneyB on hiatus Aug 17 '14 at 22:20

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