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These Words Would Make You Sound Smarter, Not Pretentious

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We’ve all come across those people that suddenly decide that ‘life’ is ‘pulchritudinous’. They get the word used wrong just for the sake of using big words to sound smarter. Granted, it’s advisable to develop your vocabulary and to practise those words by using them frequently. However, take measures of ensuring you use them right. There’s no worse English blunder than when you don’t put your words to proper use.


Most people make mistakes because they tend to cram words rather than learn them. In order to properly learn new words, you need to be genuinely curious about them. This would make the learning process fun and more exciting. They would flow out of your lips with more ease. Now, for your learning purpose, here are some mellifluous words you can add to your vocabulary.


Six words that would make you sound smarter

1. Pusillanimous



This word is used to describe shyness or timidity. The Wizard of Oz himself used this one, telling the Scarecrow that “every pusillanimous creature that crawls on Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain!” Try it!


2. Cacophony



This one is easy to remember as it’s related to sound. If you know symphony (a pleasant sound), then cacophony is easy too. It’s any loud, unpleasant mixture of sounds. It could be musical instruments, howling dogs, car horns, even people. For example, “A bachelor party is happening next door, hence the cacophony.”


3. Glib



Glib is a word used when something sounds insincere and douchey. He thinks he has all the solutions and is always cocky. For example, “I know you think you’re being helpful, but you’re being way too glib.”


4. Bloviate



If you loudly boast about your achievements, then you’re bloviating. This means to speak or write in a showy, grandiose way. When you fill your speech with fancy words to make yourself sound smarter, then you’re guilty.


5. Umbrage



When you take offence over something someone says. This is one word you can find on Twitter. For example, “Dear sir, I take umbrage to that comment?” Yes, it means “offence” or “annoyance.”


6. Vamoose



This word means to leave hurriedly. Originally derived from the Spanish word, “vamos”, which means “let’s go”. For example, “Before I count to two, you had better vamoose out of my sight.”

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