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    Default "Wow, you're smart"

    How do you react when someone says this to you?

    It doesn't feel like a compliment to me unless I just did something I think is clever.

    A shrug and an "apparently so" is my usual response before changing the subject.

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    its never a compliment for me
    people see me and assume i'm a ditz right off the bat
    i dont blame em, i can see their reasoning but its a blow to the ego
    She talks pretty but says mean things

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    I'm more like "really, what did I do?"
    And unless someone can explain to me, why and how I was just smart, they might as well have said "pass the salt" to me.
    Unless it's said by someone I value or view as highly intelligent. Then I'm on cloud nine the whole day.

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    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.
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    "Wow, you're smart" would sound like an insult. "Wow"?! As in, I don't seem smart and it caused this much surprise??

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    I'm like "Okay."

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    I thank them and move on with whatever we were doing.
    Surgeons replace one of your neurons with a microchip that duplicates its input-output functions. You feel and behave exactly as before. Then they replace a second one, and a third one, and so on, until more and more of your brain becomes silicon. Since each microchip does exactly what the neuron did, your behavior and memory never change. Do you even notice the difference? Does it feel like dying? Is some other conscious entity moving in with you?
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    Last night I was doing homework at a bar and a tipsy undergrad said it in an attempt to flirt. Reflecting on it, I'm surprised how big a turnoff it was.

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    In the end it depends on who says it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suttree View Post
    How do you react when someone says this to you?

    It doesn't feel like a compliment to me unless I just did something I think is clever.

    A shrug and an "apparently so" is my usual response before changing the subject.
    Of course it's not a compliment. The word is "astute" god damn it!!!!

    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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