I was arguing with my Indian friend, and he called me frog in a well in my native language (hindi)

I had not heard that phrase before, and found it very clever and on-point (not for me, but in general)

I think the aforementioned phrase describes a lot of people I know, so I was wondering there are other witty phrases meaning the same.

My research(ChatGPT) gave me
1: Big fish in a small pond. (But the people I know are not even "big" fish)
2: Living in a bubble. (I can't think of the "bubble" they are in)

Any recommendations?

As suggested in the comments,(In summary) I am looking for a word/phrase which conveys the same meaning as the phrase "frog in the well"/"narrow minded person".

  • They aren't common outside of extremely online subcultures, but I'm fond of "stuck watching shadow puppets in plato's cave", "needs to touch grass", or "guy who has only ever seen boss baby: getting a lot of boss baby vibes from this movie"
    – Kaia
    Commented Jul 10 at 10:08
  • @Kaia I have seen "touch some grass" a few times. Do you know the origin/idea behind that? particularly the word "grass".
    – Max
    Commented Jul 10 at 10:09
  • frog in a/the well is originally Japanese, not Indian. But it doesn't immediately mean much to most Anglophones, who would be more likely to associate it with Ding, Dong, Bell: Pussy's in the Well, where the point is the cat is stuck in the well (hence in danger of drowning). But frogs don't drown so easily as kittens. The Japanese proverb alludes to the frog's restricted view of the world, which is more or less the same as the Plato's Cave allegory. Commented Jul 10 at 10:24
  • big fish in a small pond and living in a bubble are both completely different from each other and different from frog in a well (which isn't exactly the same as Plato's cave). That's four metaphors for four different situations. What is the exact meaning you're trying to convey? Commented Jul 10 at 10:29
  • @FumbleFingers they(small pond/living in a bubble) were Chatgpt recommendations. I wanted similar phrase to "frog in a well".
    – Max
    Commented Jul 10 at 10:32

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"other witty phrases" leaves open the possibility of making one up.

You're like a fish born in a bowl.

And it seems other people have already found it an apt metaphor too.

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