AMONG the many misused words littering modern communication there is surely none more abused than smart. It has several meanings.  These include clever, quick-witted, brainy, shrewd, astute and intelligent. Other synonyms on offer include savvy, perceptive and quick on the uptake. Thus expectations run high of any product or service that is labelled as smart. But the dictionary errs. In today’s world of finger-clicking clever dicks (and dickesses) the direct opposite now applies. Smart motorways have been unmasked as death traps. Smart meters are a pathway to misinformation and overcharging. Smart cards are greedily gobbled up by the machines they… Continue reading