Careful Words

smarts (n.)

No creature smarts so little as a fool.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot. Prologue to the Satires. Line 84.

Lo, when two dogs are fighting in the streets,

With a third dog one of the two dogs meets;

With angry teeth he bites him to the bone,

And this dog smarts for what that dog has done.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754): Tom Thumb the Great. Act i. Sc. 6.