So there are people out there who are really good at pretending to be smart. That is pretty impressive because it is probably harder than actually being smart. It takes a lot of work to pass yourself off as a thinker. After much study, I’ve nailed down some of the most effective “pretend to be smart” techniques. Here are five sure-fire methods to make non-smart people appear the complete opposite.
1. Select a personal “smart” keyword and use it often
A “smart” word is usually an at least somewhat complex word that most will assume those who use it have read a lot of scholarly books or gone to college to earn a doctorate. There are a lot of these keywords such as postmodern, paradox, anathema, quixotic, basically, etc. The process of finding your own “smart” keyword takes patience. After picking out a likely candidate, try it out on some friends. If they just laugh in your face, you know you need to keep looking. A good dictionary is a great tool for this process. After settling on a word, you might even want to give it your own weird pronunciation. That will definitely give you extra smart points.
2. Use eloquence to mask your ignorance
If you learn how to talk and write well, you don’t actually have to know what you are talking about. With a great turn of phrase or a string of really impressive words, people will believe you no matter what. They’ll be all, “Wow, that’s sounds really cool so it must be true” or “I have no idea what he/she just said but he/she sounds like he/she knows his/her stuff so I’ll go with that.” If you’re lucky, listeners won’t think about what you just said and put two and two together later on.
3. Practice frequent use of semi-colons in everything you write
Semi-colons are the key to pretending to be a smart writer; they are the smart person’s punctuation; what elegance; the semi-colon, it sits so intelligent like in between those sentences; there is so much to love: a semi and a colon; It’s like you’re saying this and the natural result is that; it’s a period reclining on a chair thinking about stuff; if you are really dedicated to pretending to be smart, don’t overuse it or you’ll just look pretentious; a good rule of thumb is about once every 50-80 words;;;
4. Be as modest about your intelligence as possible
It is widely known that those people who claim not to be smart, are usually the smartest people around. So never claim to be smart. Always say you’re not smart. The best thing you can do is to tell people that you know absolutely nothing. When you say that, people think you’re actually a genius.
5. Carry a staff (Preferably a wizard’s staff)
There is something about walking around with a staff that makes people radiate wisdom and knowledge. And the wisest and most knowledgeable of these staff walkers are wizards. Any long, wooden staff will do. However, to be truly effective one should make it as much like an authentic Gandalf the Grey or White staff as possible. If you opt for the Grey staff, you’re still getting the wisest wizard of all time. Take that Saruman!