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WO RD OF T HE D AY

February 8, 2019

wiseacre
noun | W YZE-ay-ker

Definition
: one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; especially : smart aleck

Examples of WISEACRE
"Regardless of how they choose to do so, most people who contact Congress
have legitimate concerns—but, as any staffer can tell you, there is a small but
enduring subgroup of wiseacres and crackpots. Moore, the former congressional
staffer, once took a call from a man who claimed, in all seriousness, to be the true
and rightful owner of the moon."
— Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2017

"A French nobleman-soldier who is mad for love and poetry in roughly equal
measure, a chivalric wiseacre adept at wordplay and swordplay alike, Cyrano
requires an actor who is both physically and intellectually nimble."
— Don Aucoin, The Boston Globe, 20 July 2018