Is the word 'smarty' negative?

by Alminc
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I am considering to use the word 'smarty' (as a noun)
in one of my projects' name but I don't know if that
word has positive or negative meaning, since english
is not my native language.

If for example I create a site where I explain everything
about certain subject X, can I than name the site
'Subject X Smarty ' ? Would that be a good name ?
#marty #negative #word
  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Well, it's part of "Smarty Pants" which is negative.

    "She's a smarty pants"

    ...means she thinks she knows it all.

    It wouldn't be normal use of the word "smarty" to infer someone's going to become an expert in something.

    Maybe "expert" would be better.

    Just my opinion.

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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Also, look out for the trademark police!

    Nestlé - SMARTIES - Home Page

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    Neil
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  • Profile picture of the author derekwong28
    Is whitey or blackie negative?
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      You could use the phrase "Subject X Smarts" to imply a degree of expertise. (As in "business smarts")



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  • Profile picture of the author Alminc
    @Neil Morgan : Thanks Neil, that's what I can't figure out. The dictionary
    says that , among other meanings, this word means ' wise guy'

    Main Entry: smarty

    Part of Speech: noun

    Definition: smart aleck

    Synonyms: know-it-all, malapert, smart alec, smart-ass, smarty pants,
    swellhead, wise guy, wise-ass, wisenheimer, witling


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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    wise guy
    That's negative.

    A "wise guy" is someone who thinks they're smarter than they really are.

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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      Originally Posted by Neil Morgan View Post

      wise guy
      That's negative.

      A "wise guy" is someone who thinks they're smarter than they really are.
      On the other hand, "wise man" is positive.

      Honestly, there's no vast conspiracy to make English confusing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alminc
      Thanks guys, I see now that ' smarty' can't be used
      in normal positive meaning ( as for someone who is knowledgeable).

      But what about using it in the ' Rich Jerk' style?

      Something like ' I know everything, you know nothing, so you must learn from me '
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Honestly, there's no vast conspiracy to make English confusing.
    True!

    And...

    "He's a wise guy"

    ...could actually be positive depending on how you place the emphasis on "wise" and "guy"!

    But it is still more negative than positive!

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    • Profile picture of the author KarlWarren
      Originally Posted by Neil Morgan View Post

      True!

      And...

      "He's a wise guy"

      ...could actually be positive depending on how you place the emphasis on "wise" and "guy"!

      But it is still more negative than positive!

      Cheers,

      Neil
      Alright, that's enough now... smarty-pants
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      • Profile picture of the author Adam Kenzington
        What about "Project X Insider"? You know, the guy with the inside information.
        "I got's da hook-up". (Sorry. I know, being from Stockholm, that last statement makes no sense at all).

        But, I believe "Project X" Insider would work pretty well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil Morgan
    Quod Erat Demonstrandum!

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