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    Question Use of word'smart'

    Which word is right?
    'over-smart'or 'extra-smart'
    example: don't try to be oversmart
    or
    don't try to be extrasmart
    and why??

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    Re: Use of word'smart'

    Neither word exists.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: Use of word'smart'

    If you mean "disrespectful", you can say "Don't get smart with me!"

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    Re: Use of word'smart'

    Or, don't be a smart-arse.
    I am not a teacher

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