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    What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I say

    What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I say the answer.
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    a person who doesn't want to do what I ask but says "I was going do it" when I finish the job. For example, Tim please take out the trash. In a minuate mom. He still doesn't do it so mom does it. When she finishes the job, Tim says" I was going to do it, mom"


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    Annoying?

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    Re: What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I say the answer.
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    a person who doesn't want to do what I ask but says "I was going do it" when I finish the job. For example, Tim please take out the trash. In a minuate mom. He still doesn't do it so mom does it. When she finishes the job, Tim says" I was going to do it, mom"
    In first case call that person "Omniscient".

    And in second case, call the person, "You are always a bit late".

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    Re: What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I

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    Mmmm

    It is hard a bit!


    I think you can call it: CARELESS or something like that


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    What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I say the answer.
    Somerset Maugham had a name for this type of person: "Mr Know-all".

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    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    Somerset Maugham had a name for this type of person: "Mr Know-all".
    But this is a Mr Know-all-in-hindsight. I don't think we have a word for it.


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    But this is a Mr Know-all-in-hindsight. I don't think we have a word for it.
    Know-all…BrE informal someone who behaves as if they know everything. KNOW-IT-ALL. AmE
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, 1995

    Know-all, know-alls. In informal British English, if you say that someone is a know-all, you are critical of them because they think that they know a lot more than other people. The American word is know-it-all.
    Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, 1995

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    Re: What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    a person who doesn't want to do what I ask but says "I was going do it" when I finish the job. For example, Tim please take out the trash. In a minuate mom. He still doesn't do it so mom does it. When she finishes the job, Tim says" I was going to do it, mom"
    It's not exactly what you mean, but I think many would consider such a person a "shirker" - so, why not call an apple an apple?

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    Re: What do you call a person who doesn't know the answer but says "I knew it" when I

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    Know-all…BrE informal someone who behaves as if they know everything. KNOW-IT-ALL. AmE
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, 1995

    Know-all, know-alls. In informal British English, if you say that someone is a know-all, you are critical of them because they think that they know a lot more than other people. The American word is know-it-all.
    Collins Cobuild English Dictionary, 1995
    I know what a know-all is. But the original question was about a person who only knew things after the knowledge had been given. "Know-alls" generally do know something, and usually give a wrong opinion or a half-right opinion if they don't know the answer.
    I'm not sure how Somerset Maugham used it. Perhaps he used it as the original poster described.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I know what a know-all is. But the original question was about a person who only knew things after the knowledge had been given. "Know-alls" generally do know something, and usually give a wrong opinion or a half-right opinion if they don't know the answer.
    I'm not sure how Somerset Maugham used it. Perhaps he used it as the original poster described.
    I take your point. I think we were talking at cross purposes.

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