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TIL "Smart Aleck" was a real person, Alec Hoag, a pimp who stole from his prostitute wife's customers while they were "distracted" with her. He was caught, but bribed police to stay free. He became so successful that he felt he didn't have to bribe police anymore, at which point he was arrested.

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76 points · 1 month ago

So, not so smart.

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44 points · 1 month ago

Yep, which is why we have the phrase. A Smart Aleck is someone who does or says something because they think they are so smart that they are above consequences.

Though I think today it’s more equated with disrespectful sass and sarcasm.

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No one is above bribing the law

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12 points · 1 month ago

What a smart Aleck

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Yes we all got that.

level 3

lmao, right?

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-11 points · 1 month ago(0 children)
level 2

Regional accent?

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

No, it's an Albany expression.

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I see

level 2

I’ve always heard Smart Ass, but I come from cruder stock so that might explain it.

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