Originally Posted by Faceman
I have a vocabulary that would choke a horse, but what makes me feel "smart" is when I can explain relatively complex concepts in simple enough terms that anyone can understand what I am attempting to convey. When it comes to communication, smart is not defined as how big the words are that you use, but rather how effectively you communicate with your listeners or readers...
Teaching biochem to both undergrad and grad students I get to use a whole lot of words that are 'big people' words (canonical is a favourite of mine, as in "canonical signaling pathway with reference to TGF beta). It's one thing to say it, better if you understand it, but true understanding is demonstrated by an ability to explain it in lay terms, to recognise when your audience hasn't comprehended what you have said and then to try explaining it in a different way so that no-one is left behind