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U.K. "smart" vs U.S. "smart"Edit

I must have read somewhere that "smart" in the sense of "intellectually clever" is more typical of U.S. than of U.K. Can someone please confirm or refute this? --Daniel Polansky 14:01, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

I don’t know about the U.K., but the usual sense in the U.S. is intelligent, clever, wise. —Stephen 16:26, 5 February 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for this being a late reply, but I didn't feel the need to start a new section. I think the original meaning of the term in the UK was “presentable” (of person or clothing). Probably particularly on the back of “smartphone”, however, the “clever” usage has become just as common. N4m3 (talk) 22:55, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
Smartphone is very recent. Smart-arse, for example, shows usage in this sense in the UK considerably earlier. Equinox 22:57, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
By the way, Daniel is right: although "smart" is well understood in the UK for "astute, intelligent", it is (or was) less common in that sense than in North America. Equinox 22:58, 15 March 2013 (UTC)


Fielding, in Tom Jones, seems to use smart as a noun, i.e. here:

If we can find other uses (and what a gigantic PITA that'll be), we should add it to the entry. JesseW 21:38, 30 January 2009 (UTC)


While it is listed in the translation section, and somewhat the etymology (There is only OHG)... German cognate "schmerzen" should be listed in the etymology meaning "to hurt". This is why they say "Kopfschmerzen" for "headache". 14:48, 30 April 2010 (UTC)

Good looking?Edit

Definition six (surely there are too many?) of the adjective is "good-looking". I would say that this is wrong: "Presentable or clean in appearance" is closer to the meaning. I think "good-looking" is just too subjective.

smart endEdit

Don't know if this is common enough to make a page or if we could cover it with a preset use of smart. Quote from Hugh Glass in The Revenant:

Far as I can tell my place is right here on the smart end of this rifle.

Closest def I can think of is "efficient". He is holding the end with the trigger while John Fitzgerald is at the other. Presumably the barrel would be the "dumb end" of a rifle by contrast. ScratchMarshall (talk) 19:05, 16 July 2017 (UTC)

Hmm, the barrel is usually the business end. Equinox 16:47, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
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