One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘his more perspicacious advisers recommended caution’
discerning, shrewd, perceptive, astute, penetrating, observant, percipient, sharp-witted, sharp, quick, quick-witted, keen-witted, alert, clear-sighted, sharp-sighted, clear-eyed, far-sighted, far-seeing, acute, clever, canny, intelligent, insightful, judicious, wise, sagacious, sage, sensitive, intuitive, understanding, open-eyed, aware, thinking, discriminating
informal on the ball, smart, downy
British informal suss
North American informal heads-up
rare sapient, long-headed, argute
inattentive, dull, stupid
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