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Where does the term smart alec come from?


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The term ''smart alec'' came from the exploits of Alec Hoag, a celebrated con man in New York in the 1840s. He and his wife Melinda and an accomplice known as French Jack, operated a con called the Panel Game, a method by which prostitutes and their pimps robbed customers.

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