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Smartass vs Wiseass

 
 
Montana
 
Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:13 pm
I'm in a debate with someone about this.

In your opinion, does smartass and wiseass mean the same thing or do they have different meanings?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:19 pm
As a charter member of the Smartass Group, aka SAG - a bunch of my longtime girlfriends - I feel confident in saying these terms mean the same thing. To me, that is.
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:21 pm
Thank you Osso ;-)
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:27 pm
WHAT SHE SAID.NOW A DIPSHIT IS SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY, IT EVEN SOUNDS DIFFERENT, NOTICE?
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:31 pm
Absolutely farmerman! A dipshit is something totally different!
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:35 pm
I think a dipshit would be similar to a shithead, don't you think?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:40 pm
The scheisskopf is simply a crude version of the dumbhead . . . it's the squareheads you have to look out for . . .
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Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:41 pm
Where does wiseacre fit into this scheme?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:46 pm
That prolly means you come from the land of Polyester
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 06:48 pm
I will have to extensive research on this matter.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 07:37 pm
The nuns used to call us dumkopfs; pardon my spelling, it wasn't one of our studied words. Squarehead is a new term to me.
Wiseacre seems to me the same as smartass and wiseass, perhaps a tad more polite in avoidance of the ass word.
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 08:11 pm
Very interesting :-D
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 10:08 pm
smart aleck
Both a smart-ass and a wiseass may be loosely defined as a "smart aleck."

However, an "ass" is a self-important dolt.

Smart talk is impertinent (disrepectful) and insolent (insulting).

A wise crack is a flippant, typically sardonic (scornfully or cynically mocking) remark or retort.

Accordingly, even though both a smart-ass and a wiseass are smart alecks, I believe a smart-ass is a disrespectful, insulting, self-important dolt, whereas a wiseass deals with people in a patronizingly superior manner. I believe a wiseass is more condescending in his nature than a mere smart-ass.

Just my opinion. . . .
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 10:13 pm
Hmmm.
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extra medium
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 10:58 pm
Dad tells son to take out garbage.

Son: "I just did that yesterday, do I have to do it again today? I'll wait unitl tomorrow and save a trip, I'm busy"

Dad : "Don't get smart, ok?"

3 months later son brings home straight "Ds" on his report card.

Dad: "What is this? You've never brought home such terrible grades."

Son: "You told me not to get smart."
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kickycan
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 11:01 pm
Yes. They are the same thing. Now a "square ass"--that's something completely different.
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 11:02 pm
I think Debra has wrapped it up neatly.
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terry allen
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 11:12 pm
Smartass vs. wiseass
They sound to me like regional variants. You know, like, maybe wiseass is New York, smartass is Chicago?
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 11:16 pm
Who says "wiseacre"? Is that a wisecracker?
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Lash
 
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Reply Sat 30 Apr, 2005 11:16 pm
I'm sure we all know where Wisenheimer comes from....
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