Want to look smart to your friends and family? It’s easy as 1, 2, 3. Start by telling people you’re reading something new, or pursuing a new major in school, or just thinking about a new topic, then share with them this simple formula and the next thing you know you’ll be tauted as the local genius.
First take a time period (the more specific the better), then add to it a nationality, third add a fancy sounding subject and vioala! Watch:
“I’m really into 1870’s German architecture lately.” Oooooh!
“Oh, I’ve been reading up on my late third century Byzantine economics. What are you reading?” Aaaaah!
“Say, are you into 1950’s Baltic engineering like I am?” Wow!
Ready to take it to the next level? Just sprinkle in a few adverbs and adjectives:
“You know what I love? Late 1920’s northern Gaelic revisionist haberdashery.”
“Mid 1640’s native Chilean pre-dictatorship economic growth models, that’s what I’m all about.”
“You’d think that early Bronze Age Mesopotamian statistical models of varied (though non-parallel) subsets in linear mathematics would be dull, but no!”
Whammo! You look smart. Being smart, however is your own problem.