Ever wanted to make people think you're terribly smart, but don't want to go through the long, drawn-out effort of actually working on yourself intellectually so that you can gain a better understanding of life? Want to remain as mentally lazy as possible, while still keeping the appearance (to those who will fall for it) that you have great wisdom?
Here we have some ways to do it.:
Choose a small area in which to become an expert. Be sure to learn all the vocabulary and buzzwords associated with your topic. If you like cars, know what a V-8 engine is, for example.There's no better substitute for actual understanding than the memorization of random, undigested facts, so fire up that Wikipedia!
Read books and magazines about this topic.Use words that are not only long and hard to pronounce, but also ridiculously obscure so that someone would probably have to look through two or three different dictionaries to find one that had a heading for it.
Find other people who like this area too, and spend time with these people. The conversation will inevitably lead to your favorite topic, and you will therefore learn even more about it.A good way to find others interested in your topic is to join a club. If birdwatching is your thing, start going on those Saturday morning hikes you have read about in the paper.Argue with people a lot and be adamant about what you say even if you don't know what you're talking about.
Watch the news, especially political opinion pieces, and repeat things that they say to people.
As if it's your own opinion. Obviously, you can't rely on your own judgment because, as highlighted in number 3, you're not supposed to know what you're talking about, so just borrow someone else's! Usually people on TV are smart, otherwise they wouldn't be on TV, right? You can probably trust them to be right about everything.
When you are with the person you are trying to impress, steer the conversation over to your area of expertise every once in awhile. The more you know, the more impressive you are going to be. Never try to impress anybody with a topic on which you know very little. You might end up with embarrassment if the person you are talking to knows more than you do and correct you when you went wrong with any of the information.
Tell people you're related to a well-known genius. Nothing like genetics to seal the deal. Many people have some sort of ingrained belief that genes are largely responsible for a person's intelligence, so tell them you're the great-great-great-great-etc grandnephew of Leonard da Vinci or something.