Lisa Allen

Want to Sound Smart?
Want to Sound Smart?

Some of us are exceptionally smart, some of us have to work at it.  An easy way to fake it is to use words that impress other people.  The next time you want to impress someone, try using these words from the book “100 Words to Make You Sound Smart:”

1. Acrimony (noun): rancor, spite, bitterness, hostility, ill will

2. Dichotomy (noun): division into two contradictory or exclusive entities; something with two contradictory qualities

3. Equivocate (verb): prevaricate, beat around the bush, vacillate

4. Esoteric (adjective): obscure, mysterious, cryptic, arcane

5. Euphemism (noun): inoffensive or agreeable substitute for an expression that may be distasteful or offensive

6. Fastidious (adjective): fussy, finicky, particular

7. Finagle (verb): obtain by indirect or convoluted means or through trickery

8. Glib (adjective): persuasive, smooth, slick

9. Harbinger (noun): herald, portent, omen, forerunner

10. Idiosyncratic (adjective): individual, personal, distinctive, eccentric, peculiar

11. Insidious (adjective): sinister, menacing

12. Lurid (adjective): shocking, explicit, vivid, sensational

13. Maudlin (adjective): overly sentimental, mawkish, soppy

14. Non Sequitur (noun): a response unrelated to or not following logically from a previous statement

15. Ostentatious (adjective): showy, flamboyant, pretentious, grandiose

16. Ostracize (verb): exclude, shun, snub

17. Panacea (noun): cure-all, magic potion, universal remedy

18. Sycophant (noun): flatterer, toady

19. Ubiquitous (adjective): everywhere, ever-present, omnipresent

20. Zealous (adjective): enthusiastic, passionate, fervent, ardent, obsessive, fanatical, extreme

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