Do you think people who use proper terminology, are clever?

This is a question i was given by my English Teacher. Brings questions to you're mind doesn't it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Not clever per se, but perhaps ‘articulate’ is the word to better describe these people.

    It may have everything to do with a person’s overall intelligence, but it may also be that such a person is much better with English and linguistic skills than other people. These same people may struggle with basic math though.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not necessarily. Some people use terminology to make themselves sounds intelligent (and probably to trick other people into believing that they are clever lol). I'm not impressed by it. If someone genuinely talks in that way, that's fine - but either way, it doesn't make them clever.

    Someone who can communicate properly and even adapt the way they speak slightly depending on the situation (formal/informal) or even depending on who they are talking to and be understood properly - is more important and shows that they can adapt well and use their conversational skills in various situations.

  • 1 decade ago

    You might think that because people who use a lot of slang or poor English are viewed as not so clever or, at least, uneducated. How would you prefer to be viewed?

  • 1 decade ago

    No. I monkey can be trained to use the "proper terminology." Clever people make up their own.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Depends on the situation

    Either clever or a real snooty NERD

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