In the previous post, we discussed in details how to translate Russian to English лежит. And today the focus of discussion is “smart” in Russian translation. I hope, you will enjoy it as much as the previous article.
Throughout many centuries the word “smart” has undergone substantial changes in the meaning.
Initially, this word has got the prehistoric Germanic root “smert”. It meant “to be painful, to hurt”.
Within time “smart” the vert begat “smart” the adjective. The earliest use of it as an adjective was to mean “causing pain”.
By around 1300, “smart” was also being applied to “sharp”: He seldom failed of a smart word or two upon my littleness (Swift, 1726). Consequently, it started to mean “strong, quick”. And by the 1800s, the word developed and acquired the meaning “clever, witty, intelligent”.
The use of the word “smart to mean “intelligent” really got going in the 1800s. It eventually produced modern meanings in English. If you are in doubt about how to translate into Russian, check the post below. You will find detailed research on the word smart in Russian translation.