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words that make you sound super smart

In my experience, I have seen many working professionals and corporate leaders who rely on a small list of English words and use them frequently to appear more eloquent. These are smart and talented people, and they realise very well that – to be seen and respected as a leader, their communication has to be at par with those working under them.

They appear smart with their looks and the way they carry themselves, but they are also the ones who know that being able to use the right phrase and expression and that too at the right time, will help them gain a strong presence in front of their peers and colleagues.

In the same context, if you want to see yourself as a respected and inspiring leader, you do not have to worry about having a list of thousands of rich English words. To sound intelligent and well-read, you have to first of all, accept two things:

  1. You cannot know everything in this world i.e. you cannot remember all the words of the English language and it is not important also,
  2. Something is better than nothing i.e. not having a list of words that are “good enough” is worse than not having “any word” in the conscious memory.

So in this article, I will work more in tandem with the second school of thought – have some words active in your conscious memory and use them as much as you can and as often as you can to sound super smart. I will give you a list of words that you must use in your speech to sound intelligent.

Words that make you sound super smart:

1.       Accolade: [ a·kuh·leid]

  • An expression of praise, where someone is given an award or a privilege, to acknowledge their merit. 
  • Part of Speech – Noun
  • The Chairman received an accolade from a foreign University for his extraordinary role in education.
  • Despite having won this industry accolade, Amitabh Bachhan has absolutely no intention of resting on his laurels.

2. Anomaly: [  uh.naw.muh.lee]

  • An irregularity or deviation from what is normal. 
  • Part of Speech – Noun
  • The anomaly of people doing the same job but getting different pays irritates me.
  • There’s an anomaly in your blood test, but you’re physically healthy

3. Antidote: [an.tuh.dout]

  • Something pleasant that counteracts something unpleasant. 
  • Part of Speech -Noun
  • Family and loved ones are the antidotes to loneliness.
  • The holiday was a marvellous antidote to the pressures of office work.

4. Ambivalent: [am.bi.vuh.lent]

  • Having two minds or mixed feelings about something. 
  • Part of Speech – Adjective
  • Jenna was ambivalent about her relationship with Mark: she neither liked it nor hated it.
  • The party’s position on nuclear weapons is deeply ambivalent.

5. Avant Garde: [avaant. Gaa-r.d]

  • Ultra-modern, innovative or advanced.  
  • Part of Speech – Adjective
  • The mansion has a Swiss construction and an avant-garde touch to it.
  • When you are in the real estate industry then thinking avant-garde helps tremendously.

Check out our article on the differences between British and American Spellings and check out the video here.

6. Bona fide: [boh.nuh.faid]

  • Done genuinely in good faith, having no intention otherwise. 
  • Part of Speech -Adjective
  • He acted bona fide when Sumner’s husband was out of town, providing them with the necessities.
  •  You’re a bona fide member of the team now

7.  Bourgeois: [bouj.vaa]

  •  Middle-class. 
  • Part of Speech – Adjective
  • The bourgeois of France had suffered a great lot and ultimately rose to protest in the French Revolution.
  • They’ve become very bourgeois since they got married.

Such words are rarely a part of a person’s vocabulary or real-time speech, and so they sound disfluent. You should read our tips to help you improve your fluency.

8. Brusque: [broosk]

  • Abrupt or blunt. 
  • Part of Speech – Adjective
  • His sarcastic and brusque nature often offended many.
  • The doctor spoke in a brusque tone.

9. Umbrage: [uhm.bruhj]

  • offence or annoyance.
  • Part of Speech – Noun
  • She took umbrage at his remarks.
  • His address gave umbrage to the authorities.

10. Ubiquitous: [yoo·bi·kvuh·tuhs]

  • present, appearing or found everywhere.
  • Part of Speech – Adjective
  • Her ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family.
  • Coffee shops are ubiquitous these days.

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