For homework last week, I assigned one of my classes to make a list of adjectives that can be both negative and positive, depending on the usage. They then had to use it in one positive sentence and one negative sentence. One of my students chose the word “smart.” Her usage was absolutely correct, but I had to chuckle at her negative example sentence:

Positive: His son was very smart.

Negative: Don’t get smart with me.

I love being an English teacher!