10 Fancy Words That Make You Sound Smarter
In just a few seconds, you can add these pretty words to your vocabulary. How clever!
Toss: Rant or argument
Try: Diatribe, meaning a nasty (and usually lengthy) tirade, whether spoken or written. Are you prone to diatribes when you’re upset? Because they are the perfect excuse to use fancy words that the person you’re ranting at may not understand.
Try: Vitriolic. The word vitriol originally meant “sulfates.” It evolved over time, keeping the “corrosive” and “destructive” connotations from its association with sulfuric acid. Now, it’s used to describe a nasty, scathing comment or action. Check out these 10 common words that you’ll only find in English.
Toss: Afraid or timid
Try: Pusillanimous. The Wizard of Oz himself uses this one, telling the Scarecrow that “every pusillanimous creature that crawls on Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain!” Plus, it’s a lot of fun to say.
Try: Bloviate, to speak or write in a showy, grandiose way. You might be guilty of bloviating if you loudly boast about your achievements. You might also be guilty of bloviating if you fill your speech with fancy words to make yourself sound smarter—oh wait.
Try: Rococo. Coco Chanel would probably approve of this fancy—no, rococo—word meaning ornate or elegant. Make sure you know these 10 similar word pairs that even good spellers mix up.
Try: Aplomb, meaning total composure and self-assurance. If aplomb is something you lack, sprinkling more fancy words into your conversations could give you a boost on confidence.
Try: Pervicacious, meaning resilient and unyielding. This term comes from the Latin word for “to prevail.”
Try: Obfuscate, meaning to make obscure or unclear. Here are some more amazing words we never use but totally should.
Try: Fastidious, meaning excessively particular or demanding; very concerned about accuracy and detail. Because “I’m a fastidious eater” sounds a lot less needy than “I’m a picky eater.”
Try: Sycophant, or a self-seeking flatterer. It’s much easier to call someone out as a suck-up when you’re not actually using the word “suck-up.” Just make sure you always avoid these words and phrases that actually make you sound dumber.