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From Wikipedia:

"A smart alec or smart aleck is a person regarded as obnoxiously self-assertive and an impudent person.

Origin

According to Gerald Leonard Cohen, author of Studies in Slang Part 1 (1985), the phrase "smart alec" arose from the exploits of Alec Hoag. A celebrated pimp, thief, and confidence man operating in New York City in the 1840s, Hoag, along with his wife Melinda and an accomplice known as "French Jack", operated a con called the "panel game", a method by which prostitutes and their pimps robbed customers.

The key to his activities was that they did so in close association with two police officers, who shared the loot and provided protection. Most was done by pickpocketing, with Melinda taking the victim’s pocketbook while the victim was otherwise engaged and surreptitiously handing it to Hoag or French Jack as they walked by. Hoag's downfall came because he got into financial difficulties and tried to cheat his police protectors out of their share of the loot. In one exchange, Hoag lay behind a wall in a churchyard and had Melinda drop the goods over the wall to him so that the constables couldn't see them.

The aforementioned "panel game" was a trick also used by the original Smart Alec, although not exclusively by him. George Wilkes, the assistant editor of the Subterranean, met Hoag while Wilkes was falsely imprisoned in the infamous New York prison called The Tombs. Wilkes described the trick in a diary of 1844, The Mysteries of the Tombs: "Melinda would make her victim lay his clothes, as he took them off, upon a chair at the head of the bed near the secret panel, and then take him to her arms and closely draw the curtains of the bed. As soon as everything was right and the dupe not likely to heed outside noises, the traitress would give a cough, and the faithful Aleck (sic) would slily (sic) enter, rifle the pockets of every farthing or valuable thing, and finally disappear as mysteriously as he entered." The victim was then persuaded to leave in a hurry through a window by Alec banging on the door, pretending to be an aggrieved husband who had suddenly returned from a trip away.

Hoag used this trick to avoid paying off his police protectors, so that when he was caught, the police were in no mood to aid him. He was sentenced to jail, but escaped through the help of his brother, only to be recaptured following extensive police searches, having been recognized by Wilkes.

Professor Cohen suggests that Alex Hoag was given the sobriquet of "smart Alec" by the police for being a resourceful thief who outsmarted himself by trying to avoid paying graft. It's impossible to be certain this is the true story, since the expression doesn't appear in print until 1865, but it does seem extremely plausible."


Well...then...maybe they're just stupid remarks of mine.


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964 thumbsup's and counting.
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So....you're prostituting yourself for thumbs?
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OriginalDM wrote:
So....you're prostituting yourself for thumbs?


I haven't had sex with anyone here, especially for thumbs.
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976 thumbsup's and counting.

And please no more "sex for thumbs" requests. I have my morals.
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Yeah, their 'ploy' reminded ME of a "joke":
A guy sees a 'sign' that implores the reader: "Get 'screwed' for $5!", so he follows its directions to a door and knocks on that whereupon someone opens this and the inquisitive fellow says: "I want to get 'screwed' for $5!" The doorman takes his $5 and closes the door. After a little while, the fellow knocks again and it is answered by the same guy, so our intrepid 'horn-dog' inquires about: "Hey! I wanted to get 'screwed' for $5!" to which the doorman replies: "What? AGAIN?!?"
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Smart-alecky remarks are your best thumb value. Much easier than finding a girl that will pose with a board game for you.
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994 thumbsup's and counting.

Oh, you can also thumb my dumb alecky remarks, like this one.
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tada wrote:
994 thumbsup's and counting.

Oh, you can also thumb my dumb alecky remarks, like this one.


Congratulations - I just checked - it was me that gave you 1000 thumbs.

I expect due compensation.
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*** 1000 Thumbs!!! ***

Thanks, chrisnd. Here's you a quarter.

It's time to party! Like it's 1999.

Wait...there's another 999 to go for that.

On to the next goal. Yee Hay!
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tada wrote:

It's time to party! Like it's 1999.
Yay, time for the meeple dance of the millennium.
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