The 21 Words that Make People Sound Smarter

TalkShop English words tipsExpand your dictionary by learning new words each day. Build them into your conversation. As your vocabulary grows and communication skills become more impressive, so will your chances for success,” advises Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO

A good rule of thumb is to do away with the fillers – “like”, “you know”, “I mean,” “basically.” Instead, intersperse your language with the following 21 words that can make you sound instantly smarter:

1. Anathema – əˈnæθəmə ; əˈnæθəmə
* the opposite of what you believe

2. Bravado – brəˈvɑːdəʊ ; brəˈvɑːdoʊ
* a confident way of behaving that is intended to impress people, sometimes as a way of hiding a lack of confidence

3. Carte blanche – kɑːt ˈblɑːnʃ ; ˌkɑːrt ˈblɑːnʃ
* The complete freedom or authority to do whatever you like

4. Catch 22
* an unpleasant, paradoxical situation from which you cannot escape because of contradictory rules

5. Fiasco – fiˈæskəʊ ; fiˈæskoʊ
* something that does not succeed, often in a way that causes embarrassment

6. Ennui – ɒnˈwiː ; ɑːnˈwiː
* feelings of being bored and not satisfied because nothing interesting is happening

7. Esoteric – ˌesəˈterɪk ; ˌesəˈterɪk
* likely to be understood or enjoyed by only a few people with a special knowledge or interest

8. Faux pas – fəʊ ˈpɑː ; ˌfoʊ ˈpɑː
* an action or a remark that causes embarrassment because it is not socially correct

9. Glib – ɡlɪb ; ɡlɪb
* using words that are clever, but are not sincere, and do not show much thought

10. Idyllic – ɪˈdɪlɪk ; aɪˈdɪlɪk
* peaceful and beautiful; perfect, without problems

11.Kitsch- kɪtʃ ; kɪtʃ
* works of art or objects that are popular but are considered to have no real artistic value and to be lacking in good taste. (i.e., something that simply has sentimental value)

12.Nouveau riche – nuːvəʊ ˈriːʃ ; ˌnuːvoʊ ˈriːʃ
* a person who has recently become rich and likes to show how rich they are in a very obvious way

13. Ostentatious- ɒstenˈteɪʃəs ; ˌɑːstenˈteɪʃəs
* expensive or noticeable in a way that is intended to impress people

14. Precocious – prɪˈkəʊʃəs ; prɪˈkoʊʃəs
* having developed particular abilities and ways of behaving at a much younger age than usual

15. Quixotic-kwɪkˈsɒtɪk ; kwɪkˈsɑːtɪk
* having or involving ideas or plans that show imagination but are usually not practical

16. Revel- ˈrevl ; ˈrevl
* to spend time enjoying yourself in a noisy, enthusiastic way

17. Tirade – taɪˈreɪd ; ˈtaɪreɪd
* a long, angry speech against somebody or something

18.Untenable – ʌnˈtenəbl ; ʌnˈtenəbl
* that which cannot be defended against attack or criticism

19. Vile- vaɪl ; vaɪl
* extremely unpleasant or bad

20. White Elephant
* a thing that is useless and no longer needed, although it may have cost a lot of money

21. Zealous – ˈzeləs ; ˈzeləs
* showing great energy and enthusiasm for something, especially because you feel strongly about it

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Posted by Sheila Viesca
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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