Street Smart vs Book SmartsSee comments. Today, we will talk about the word "smart. A person wearing an official uniform with shiny shoes and buttons can look very smart. So, if you hit your thumb with a hammer by accident, you might yell out, "Ow, that smarts! We would probably yell something quite different.
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A while ago — a fair while ago, I wrote a series of blog posts detailing the major difference between types of mental competence. I talk about intelligence, cleverness, cunning and wisdom. That post is all about what the words mean, where they come from, and how those types of intelligence are applied, as a means of making sense for a reader when describing your characters actions and behaviors. Earlier this week I saw a Quora question for which I had no adequate answer , and it set me thinking about my original posts, in particular, about what was missing from them. So I came up with a new set of definitions for this trichotomy, but before I tell you all about them, a quick warning: certain cultures, including, until recently, Western culture, see education or personal development as a combination of all three. So the nature of street smarts varies very widely. The Street Smarts of an African Bushman and a member of a Nairobi street gang probably both include information about finding food and avoiding danger, but in strikingly different ways.
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