The best compliment I ever received was being called "shrewd". Some would call it negative, but I'm pretty sure it's a superlative compliment.
(It was in New Zealand, at the dinner table, by a English doctor. I went to my room and looked up the word and was immediately flattered.)
If I can possibly explain the benefits of living in New York, one of them would be observing shrewd, strategic business women. They are smart. They are charming. They use the tools they have available to their benefit and they draw strong boundaries.
These are important lessons in life. And they can happen anywhere in the country. We, as women, and as men, have to utilize these opportunities to our benefit.
I encourage, hope and demand that everyone use their tools to the best of their abilities. It is your duty to the world.
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shrewd? [shrood] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
Â–adjective, -er, -est.
1. astute or sharp in practical matters: a shrewd politician.
2. keen; piercing.
4. Archaic. malicious.
5. Obsolete. bad.
6. Obsolete. shrewish.
[Origin: 1275Â–1325; ME shrewed, in part repr. shrew1 + -ed3 (cf. dogged, wicked); in part prob. ptp. of shrewen to curse, v. use of shrew1 (see -ed2)]
Â—Synonyms 1. quick, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, sagacious, keen; discriminating, intelligent. See acute.
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shrewd (shrd) Pronunciation Key
adj. shrewdÂ·er, shrewdÂ·est
Characterized by keen awareness, sharp intelligence, and often a sense of the practical.
Disposed to artful and cunning practices; tricky.
Sharp; penetrating: a shrewd wind.