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It's the worst when you can tell when someone isn't being who they really are.

Fake people are the worst, however the only thing that could possibly be worse than someone who's a big faker is someone faking their intelligence. Whatever self-esteem problem they have is all up to them, however you don't have to sit there and listen to them try to hold court. Look for these signs and save yourself.

Reddit user, u/GBJoe21, wanted to hear about:

What are some annoying things that people do to sound/seem intelligent?

Getting The Obvious Signs Out Of The Way

It's easy to recognize someone's arrogance most of the time. All you have to do is talk with them.

Not Sure If You're Using That Word Correctly

They use big words to make them sound more photosynthesis


Sometimes the person who does so is clearly obnoxious, but at other times it might just be a result of differing personalities / life experiences. I enjoy reading and will sometimes use "bookish" words when talking to people online without realizing that they might be words the other person has never been exposed to before.


No One Asked

Anyone who announces their (likely online) IQ test score, without anyone asking beforehand and without it even pertaining to the conversation.


Putting It All On You

Announcing loudly "Incorrect" in conversation. I've only witnessed this with people that have no idea what they are talking about.


Memorization Is Not Comprehension

They say something they memorized, like the stupid kid in 2nd grade tried to look smart by saying that the cube root of 27 is 3. Well I asked him what is the cube root of 64, and then his "smartness" ended.


The Slightly Less Obvious Ones

Sometimes there needs to be a little bit more from the person you're interacting with. Maybe they think they're being sneaky, keeping their supposed intelligence on the downlow until they can bust them out at the last possible minute.

Using "Facts"

Use a "fact" to back up their (often narrow) view or attitude, but completely fail to understand what said fact means, how it was gathered or how it should be used. And then just keep repeating that it is a fact.

Example: Let's say year X there were 100 in emergency care because of a virus.

Let's say 2020 there were 37 ppl in emergency care because of covid.

Person claims that this proves everyone just panicking for no reason as no one cared at year X, but fails to understand WHY there is a difference in those numbers - like, strict regulations taking place, etc. When questioned, keeps claiming it's a fact and the numbers don't lie.



"Why? I Already Know Everything."

Pretend they know something instead of trying to learn.


You're All Wrong. I'm Right.

Disagree with everyone else's perfectly valid points.


Pretending To Only Know Some People

Dismissing an argument by saying "Tell me someone I have actually heard of." Pretains mostly to pompous stuck up writers who want to act like they know best and are clearly more knowledgeable then others by dismissing opinions they don't agree with.


It's More Difficult To Break It Down

Making things complicated instead of simple. Intelligent people do the opposite.


A wonderful professor once told me anyone can make anything sound complicated. It takes true genius to simplify it for everyone.

He also taught me that when I thought I was an expert on any topic to go back to square one and learn about it all over again from a novice's point of view. Oftentimes we forget more than we retain and going back to the basics brings new insight.


It's A Pattern, Bro

I really hate in movies and tv shows when a character is doing a rubik's cube quickly and easily and it's supposed to convey that they're super smart. Anyone can go online and learn how to do these things easily. It's super easy, barely an inconvenience.


Before The Queen's Gambit, this used to be the case with chess as well, but in a slightly different way. Any time someone needs to appear smart, they will find a surprise move that is an instant checkmate against a presumably a strong opponent, which is utterly ridiculous. If your opponents doesn't see a mate in 1, or hell, any basic mating net for that matter, they are a beginner level player, not a strong opponent.

It was infuriating to watch over and over again in movies


Okay, You Can Just Walk Away Now

However, if you find yourself in a conversation with someone who drops one of these lovely little pearls of wisdom on you, then you can feel free to leave the conversation without feeling too bad.​

No One Uses That Word In Casual Conversation

Bombastic people.

Using big words unnecessarily (and often incorrectly).

If you feel the need to tell 10 year-olds that their tangled earbuds are "discombobulated", you are not intelligent. Nor will people see you as intelligent, they will see you as weird.


When they use unnecessarily long words or jargon to make others feel stupid for not understanding. It's actually a better sign of intelligence to be able to explain something complex in a way anyone can understand.


Name Calling Is The Easiest Way To Lose

Calling someone sweetie as a way to "win" an argument.


Infantizing to dismiss an argument has to be a type of logical fallacy, but I am not sure which one it would be.


If You Have To Say It, You're Not.

Talk about how intelligent they are.


Exactly what an unintelligent individual would say. Presumably the isinglass of the inexpensive wine you've been drinking caused a crater in your cerebrum. As a kid my comprehensive ingenuity luminated the classroom. Furthermore, I can divulge by your commentary that you're an apprehensive futile servant of society. Whiles I ponder about the philosophical controversies of the cosmos you're the one who kneels and brings my chamomile tea. A mind-numbing chore that's still too convoluted for you.


Intelligence and hard work are obviously traits to be admired, but if the person in possession of those smarts is only using it to try to appear better than you, then they're wasting their gift.

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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