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    Smile brainiac

    - you know, I used to think you were some brainiac, but I guess you're okay.
    Hello! I think 'brainiac contains a bit of negative connotation, doesn't it? Thanks!

    brain·i·ac
    n. Slang
    A highly intelligent person:
    brainiac - definition of brainiac by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    It implies that the speaker does not have a high regard for intellectuals

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    Smile Re: brainiac

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It implies that the speaker does not have a high regard for intellectuals
    Anglika, thank you for your interpretation. I'm clearer.

    But is the word-brainiac itself a bit of negative? If without any further context, can I judge the below sentence bears a reference to bad connation as you indicated of above?

    If I told Dr. King, "you are a brainiac", would he might feel offensive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Anglika, thank you for your interpretation. I'm clearer.

    But is the word-brainiac itself a bit of negative? If without any further context, can I judge the below sentence bears a reference to bad connation as you indicated of above?

    If I told Dr. King, "you are a brainiac", would he might feel offensive?
    "Brainiac" was a character in the Superman comics, he was an evil genius, (brainiac/maniac) the origin of the word is from there.

    If I told Dr. King, "you are a brainiac", would he might feel offensive?[/quote] You can say, "Would he feel offended?" or "Might he feel offended?" but not "would he might..?"

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    Bhaisahab, thank you very much for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Bhaisahab, thank you very much for your help.
    You are welcome, as always.

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