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    Smile OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    (They are sculpting clay)

    It's a reindeer! Don't you see its little antlers and ... OK, Mr. Smarty Pants, what's yours supposed to be?



    Who is Mr. Smarty Pants? And what connotations does it have to you? Thanks.


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    Re: OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    It's an only slightly perjorative term for a clever person. It's usually used in the context of affectionate teasing, as in your example. Including the "Mr." is optional. :)

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    Smile Re: OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    It's an only slightly perjorative term for a clever person. It's usually used in the context of affectionate teasing, as in your example. Including the "Mr." is optional. :)

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    Thanks, Delmobile.

    I see your points exception for "affectionate teasing." Could you explain it in a few words? Thanks again.


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    Re: OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    I mean, the way you tease someone you feel affection towards. In other words, they know you're only teasing and take it in the right spirit.

    Mother to child: "You big silly! If you wear your sunglasses in the house, you won't be able to see."


    Wife to husband: "Okay, Superman, if you don't want the ladder in the house, how do you suggest we get the angel on top of the Christmas tree?"

    Employee to boss: "You goofball, I can't believe you forgot to bring the contract." NOPE! This would not be an occasion for affectionate teasing! :)

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    Re: OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    Thanks, Melmobile, for the wonderful explanations and samples.

    I wonder if I could use friendly teasing to my close friends. I mean, does "friendly teasing" sounds right, too?

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    Re: OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Melmobile, for the wonderful explanations and samples.

    I wonder if I could use friendly teasing to my close friends. I mean, does "friendly teasing" sounds right, too?
    Angli,

    'Friendly teasing' sounds great! I would suggest, however, that friendly teasing be done face-to-face with your close friends. Written teasing can be hurtful if the recipient mistakes the tone/spirit of your comments.

    Best wishes,
    Amigos4

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    Smile Re: OK, Mr. Smarty Pants

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Angli,

    'Friendly teasing' sounds great! I would suggest, however, that friendly teasing be done face-to-face with your close friends. Written teasing can be hurtful if the recipient mistakes the tone/spirit of your comments.

    Best wishes,
    Amigos4
    Thanks, Amigos4.
    Got it!

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