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    "Nah, I just read. A LOT. "

    or,

    "No, I'm just really good at borrowing, rearranging and connecting the ideas of those who are actually really smart. "
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    Depends on how smart I think the other person is. If I think he-she's very clever, then it'll surely feel as a compliment.
    Exactly . . . otherwise it's, "Ah . . . yes, well . . . " awkward.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    I haven't heard that one much since school. People who are smart themselves and want to offer a compliment usually say something more specific ("you know alot about X"; or "I'm impressed how well you solved Y problem"). "Wow, you're smart" is usually spoken by people who aren't "smart" enough to respond more meaningfully to whatever was said or done, and often bespeaks a misplaced sense of awe, or even an attempt at empty flattery.
    I like it much better when people are specific with their praise. I try to do the same for them, because it seems a lot less like BS then.

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    I dunno, I typically use it sarcastically.
    I'll use it when someone makes an obvious point, knows it's obvious, but proceeds to make it sound like it's profound.

    I'd agree that it depends on the situation. If I do something I feel reflects my competence very well and someone comments on that- I'll take it as a compliment. Otherwise, who cares?
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    I find it pretty depressing. It's a constant reminder of how dimwitted so many people around me are. And of how little society values intelligence.
    "If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see."
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    I think it disturbs me that my family considers me "the smart one" and I do also hear it a lot from other people...and I'm not even the smartest person I know, I know people who are much more intellectual, people who are in grad school, or who have pursued PhDs...I don't know if some people have ever even met a highly educated NT if they think that *I* am one of the smartest people they know.

    Not to put myself down, but I see things on a sliding scale, and I consider myself intelligent, yet I don't understand why other people are so impressed with me sometimes. It is kind of depressing to think about what that says about society in general.

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    I don't really know how to respond because to me usually what I've done doesn't seem that complicated... That isn't arrogant at all. I may reply with a simply thanks as well.

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    If possible, I try to ignore it.

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    "What do you want from me?"

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    "Wow, you're smart" falls into the same sarcastic category with "no shit sherlock". The appropriate response would be "Thanks. I'd be happy to help you tie your shoelaces. ".

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    It's annoying, as it usually indicates a narrow outlook on intelligence.

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