7 Fancy Words that Make You Sound Smarter

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

By Alison Caporimo
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    Toss: Argument

    Try: Diatribe

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    Toss: Fancy

    Try: Rococo

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    Toss: Mean

    Try: Vitriolic

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    Toss: Afraid

    Try: Pusillanimous

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    Toss: Brag

    Try: Bloviate

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    Toss: Confident

    Try: Aplomb

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    Toss: Stubborn

    Try: Pervicacious


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    Your Comments

    • peaman

      Speaking of bloviating… fire this author

    • http://www.mojomoon.net/ J Licciardi Martinez

      Argument & Diatribe are not interchangeable.

    • Double down d-bag


    • Homil

      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.’

    • Wordfan

      I find that using in this context.

      • Wordfan

        Oops – that should be “amusing in this context.”

    • Wordfan

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

    • Evan Grantham-Brown

      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.

    • Vieglaw

      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.”

      • Evan Grantham-Brown

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