How To Seem Smarter,
Jen Stroud Rossman, Readymade Magazine
Seeming smarter than you actually are is simple, and it doesn't require heavy reading, classical music, or word-of-the-day toilet paper, says Jen Stroud Rossman in
magazine. Readymade, a magazine of do-it-yourself tips for hipsters, offers a painless four-step plan that will give others the impression you are not only "smarter than you were before, but smarter than they are." For example, instead of saying "uh-huh," Rossman suggests inserting "sure" and "of course." Another tip is to deflect literary questions. When asked if you've read a particular work of literature, reply, "Well, not in English." This will not only imply you read the work, says Rossman, but it will "shame your questioner with your multilingual abilities."