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Old 03-25-06, 01:19 AM   #1
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What does 'Savvy' mean?

I bought a data cable for my phone of the internet, and couldn't get it working so i emailed him and he replied back saying that I was no too 'Savvy', i was quite offended. I thought maybe he was insluting me in Chinese, (since i think he was chinese because his enlgish wos nat two good.)

WHAT DOES THIS WORD MEAN!

Thankyou in advance,
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Well informed and perceptive; shrewd

To understand; comprehend.
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Old 03-25-06, 01:28 AM   #3
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As for the cable...don't worry, sometimes I have trouble fitting the square plug into the round hole too
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What does 'Savvy' mean?

I bought a data cable for my phone of the internet, and couldn't get it working so i emailed him and he replied back saying that I was no too 'Savvy', i was quite offended. I thought maybe he was insluting me in Chinese, (since i think he was chinese because his enlgish wos nat two good.)

WHAT DOES THIS WORD MEAN!

Thankyou in advance,

Usually attributed to phonetic use of the French verb "Savoir" = to know. Blame it on the first world war.
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Old 03-25-06, 01:47 AM   #5
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Oh ok, i should have been a bit nicer in the return email . I thought savvy ment 'brain'. And he said i had no brains! Oh well he'll get over it.
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I always thought savvy meant 'ok.'
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YOu migth hear the terms
"Computer Savvy" "Tech savvy". This applies to a person with a thorough understanding of computers, who overall knows what they are doing.
Or a person overall who understands technology.

I have a friend who is the most electrically savvy kid I know. He can build any electrical circuit you desire, program PICS, you name it. I guess you could be cycling mechanics savvy too. Sydney was
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Old 03-25-06, 08:26 AM   #8
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If the tech guy had any savvy he wouldn't say you didn't have it.
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Well he didn't help me get the cable working in the end. Don't buy un-genuine cables from eBAy! (or maybe its just my computer!).
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...you were called not "savvy" because it's evident that you lacked the coolness and ability of...

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What does 'Savvy' mean?

I bought a data cable for my phone of the internet, and couldn't get it working so i emailed him and he replied back saying that I was no too 'Savvy', i was quite offended. I thought maybe he was insluting me in Chinese, (since i think he was chinese because his enlgish wos nat two good.)

WHAT DOES THIS WORD MEAN!

Thankyou in advance,
The pot calling the kettle black... how apropos.

(Oh... do I need define that for you, too?)
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Old 03-27-06, 12:01 AM   #13
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(Oh... do I need define that for you, too?)
Nope, but thanks for trying to be funny.
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What does 'Savvy' mean?
Being born and raised in So Cal, I always thought it was from the Spanish:

sa·ber

tr.
to know
ella sabe lo que ocurrió: she knows what happened

(tener habilidad) to know how
¿sabes cocinar?: do you know how to cook?

to learn, find out
supe la noticia demasiado tarde: I learned the news too late

Yet another Gringo mispronounciation of Spanish.
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Usually attributed to phonetic use of the French verb "Savoir" = to know. Blame it on the first world war.
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Being born and raised in So Cal, I always thought it was from the Spanish:

sa·ber

(snip)

Yet another Gringo mispronounciation of Spanish.
According to my etymology reference, "savvy" is originally West Indian pidgin from either the French or the Spanish as above, both of which are from the Latin sapere, meaning "be wise". As are the English "sapient" and the "sapiens" bit in "**** sapiens".
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If the tech guy had any savvy he wouldn't say you didn't have it.
No, the tech guy needed some tact; if he'd had some tact he wouldn't have said the guy wasn't savvy.

If the tech guy had had some manners he wouldn't have insulted him, either.

But this wouldn't have happened if the writers of the manual knew how to write in the first place. Some manuals I've gotten appear to have been written by using the Google translator service.
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