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Monday, January 27, 2014

15 words you should use more often

I love words. I think everyone should know as many words as they can, and use the fun ones as often as possible.

Here's a quick list of some awesome words that you should work into your daily conversation. You will sound more intelligent and probably force some of your friends to whip out a dictionary. And there is no shame in that, no matter what anyone says.

Sidebar: Just don't become a verbose idiot. It only agitates people and makes them more annoyed than they are when you say things like 'should of' and 'supposably'.

Acrimony: harsh or biting sharpness especially of words, manner, or disposition

"You should expect some acrimony when she finds out you cheated on her. Stupid."

Boisterous: very noisy and active in a lively way

"There are too many boisterous jerk-offs at this party. Let's get out of here."

Capricious: often changing suddenly in mood or behavior

"Julie is so capricious I can't spend more than five minutes around her without wanting to punch her in the face."

Erroneous: not correct

Best used as a response:

"You said you would wash the dishes."
"Erroneous. I said if you asked me one more time, I would make you sleep with the fishes."

Extraneous: not forming a necessary part of something: not important

"I'd rather you just say what you mean instead of improperly using a bunch of extraneous words, ultimately making yourself look foolish."

Facetious: used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper 

"If you're going to keep being facetious, just stop talking. It's annoying as hell."

Fastidious: liking few things; hard to please

"If you want to be fastidious, then you don't get to pick the restaurant. Sorry, not sorry."

Finagle: to get (something) in a clever or dishonest way

"I had to finagle a little to board the plane first. I told them I was pregnant."

Gregarious: enjoying the company of other people

"I am a gregarious person in general, until people start to act like asshats."

Infinitesimal: extremely small

"The odds of her going out with you are infinitesimal. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give it the old college try!"

Maudlin: showing or expressing too much emotion especially in a foolish or annoying way

"You get too maudlin when you're drunk and you make everyone super uncomfortable. Cut it out."

Perfunctory: used to describe something that is done without energy or enthusiasm because of habit or because it is expected 

"Well that was a pretty perfunctory 'Welcome to Moe's!' Let's walk out and back in again."

Prevaricator: a person who tells lies

"He is a prevaricator with no job, no car and he still lives with his mother. Kick him to the curb, girl."

Superfluous: beyond what is needed; not necessary

"I didn't ask for your superfluous conjecture (bonus word: an opinion or idea formed without proof or sufficient evidence) about my relationship. Keep it moving.

Sycophant: a person who flatters another in order to get ahead 

"When you send your boss four edible arrangements in one month, you become the sycophant that everyone exchanges interoffice emails about with the subject line: What a douche."

Please feel free to leave some of your favorite underrated awesome words that people should use more often in the comments.

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Blogger Jasmin Valdivia said...

Amorphous: indefinite, shapeless

February 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Seth Hisel said...

Quagmire: an awkward, complex, or hazardous situation

October 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Bibliophage_V said...

Bathetic/effusive: they mean pretty much th same as maudlin.

March 1, 2015 at 8:05 AM  

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