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Anyone who has known anyone or survived more than a year of public school has met this guy. You know who I’m talking about, the guy who knows everything about anything and no one knows anything he doesn’t know. He’s the dude who corrects the teacher and will continue arguing even if he’s been proved wrong.

It’s not like I have anything against smart people.

I was labeled the nerd in highschool, but nerd and know-it-all are two different things, although sometimes confused with one another.

A nerd *is someone who either knows alot/studies alot/gets good grades/all of the above. A know-it-all, on the other hand, is a kid who may get poor grades/not study, he just has the completely unfair capabilities of knowing and remembering everything that he heard or read, but the prime composition of a know-it-all is the fact that he has no qualms with correcting everyone (snobbily, leading to the synonymous term smart-ass) with the superior/grammatically correct/factually correct version.

Perhaps you were/are, like I was, the unlucky chap who had to sit next to a know-it-all. While it certainly may have been better in the long run (I studied like the devil for that class in hopes I wouldn’t appear to be a complete nincompoop) it was certainly a miserable experience. My best advice for all you poor buggers out there in such a situation is to a) study like the dickens b) request to move c) suck it up.

On the bright side, you will gain a wide variety of useless information spewed by your desk-partner, to be used in future reference for the next know-it-all you’re stuck with.

*(cool random fact, Dr. Seuss created the word nerd. It first appeared in his book “If I Ran the Zoo” (1950) where the narrator claims he will collect a ”a Nerkle, a Nerd, and a Seersucker too” for his imaginary zoo)

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  1. Anonymous
    01/14/2010 at 9:55 am

    funny. nincompoops can be cute too.

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