7 Fancy Words that Make You Sound Smarter

In just a few seconds, you can add these pretty words to your vocabulary. How clever!

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Toss: Argument

Toss: Argument
Try: Diatribe

Toss: Fancy

Toss: Fancy
Try: Rococo

Toss: Mean

Toss: Mean
Try: Vitriolic

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Toss: Afraid

Toss: Afraid
Try: Pusillanimous

Toss: Brag

Toss: Brag
Try: Bloviate

Toss: Confidence

Toss: Confidence
Try: Aplomb

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Toss: Stubborn

Toss: Stubborn
Try: Pervicacious

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24 thoughts on “7 Fancy Words that Make You Sound Smarter

  1. I have this diatribe with my subconscious. He keeps telling me to pursue my dreams, and I am like ‘I don’t know man. I have lots of dreams and I don’t know where to begin.’

  2. I looked up “bloviate.” It doesn’t mean “brag.” Merriam-Webster’s definition is “to speak or write verbosely and windily

  3. Before using these words, I suggest learning what they actually mean. Using them as described in this article will make you sound stupid, because you’ll be using them wrong.

  4. But diatribe doesn’t mean argument. You’ll sound stupid if you say, “My girlfriend and I had a diatribe.” It means a long ranting speech. An argument is shared or joined by more than one person. A diatribe is essentially an angry speech delivered by an individual.

    And Vitriolic should only be used when it’s a willful emphasized kind of mean. I’d sound foolish saying, “I saw my daughter do a vitriolic thing to the cat yesterday by pulling its tail.”

    Most of these words are ostentatious (so’s that one by the way…). If you want to sound smarter, become smarter. Read more books. Also I’d avoid articles with plain, dumbed-down words like “Fancy” and “Smarter.”

    1. To say nothing of the fact that “confident” is an adjective and “aplomb” is a noun.

  5. Try substituting “aplomb” for “confident”?

    Okay, the writer and editor who created this article shouldn’t be quite so aplomb that they understand language well enough to write about it.

  6. I strongly doubt anyone would “sound smarter” just by using these words. Personally, I think that a clear, concise manner of speaking is the best method of sounding more authoritative. It’s has little to do with the words you use; it’s how you use them.

  7. Yeah, try substituting these words when you want to sound like an idiot trying to sound smart by using words for which you don’t actually understand the meaning.

  8. Careful about mixing parts of speech. Confident and aplomb are not synonymous – confident is an adjective and aplomb is a noun. In that example, toss confident and use confidence, also a noun.
    Using ‘fancy’ words, especially if they’re not part of your peers’ everyday vocabulary, doesn’t make you sound smarter; it makes you sound pretentious. And using fancy words incorrectly will only serve to make you sound ignorant. For clear communication, speak your audience’s (listener’s) language.

  9. Under the words is an ad – How cruise ships fill their unsold cabins. It only shows the mid part of the woman. I guess her head, who she is, isn’t important. Only the sexual parts are important.

    1. You should use an adblocker if it bothers you. At first I didn’t want to use ad blockers because I thought they’d “mess up my computer” or “ruin webpages”, but it really doesn’t.
      It’s a lot nicer to read through webpages and not be distracted by what you don’t want to see and focus on the content.
      Just google “adblocker(s)” for whatever browser you have and install :))

    2. Looks like they’ve changed the ad, if it’s the same one. I see all her bits.

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