That's the question. Is smart the same as intelligent, or are they different?
Some members presented very thoughtful discussions. One reason that I asked is that "smart" and "intelligent" came from different language origins and therefore could correspond to different ways to identify whatever the concept was. In English, we have these two words. One of them came from Germanic origin and the other obviously from Latin-based origin.
Smart is having the information.
Intelligence is knowing how to use it.
That points-up two different areas of intelligence.I would have said the opposite
take Sheldon from Big Bang Theory he is very intelligent known physics to the nth degree
But he doesn't have the smarts to use that intelligence/knowledge very well when interacting with others
"just" words? Without words there would be no PF!
"Intelligent" should be the first choice of a scientist to describe better than average cognitive skills. As others have pointed out, "smart" is more colloquial and might be used when the speaker wishes to be colorful rather than precise. A slapped face can "smart" without having anything to do with intelligence. A light bulb can be "bright" or "brilliant" without having any intelligence at all!
As a wordsmith, I believe that no two words mean the same thing. The meanings will always be slightly different. And even the same word can have different meanings depending upon context or even upon who is using it. Finally, the same word will mean different things to different people or even different things to the same person at different times or under different circumstances.
Actually, that is both the power and the beauty of language!
I would have said the opposite
take Sheldon from Big Bang Theory he is very intelligent, knows physics to the nth degree
But he doesn't have the smarts to use that intelligence/knowledge wisely when interacting with others