10 Words that will make you sound smarter (but not pretentious)

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Words that will make you sound smarter

It is always believed that learning big words and using it, makes you smarter, but this is sadly not true as revealed by a Princeton study in 2012. But grasping a new word, understanding its meaning and using it effectively will definitely make you intelligent. As per the recent studies, there is a strong correlation between increasing your vocabulary and strengthening your brain.

The list is endless but here are 10 words that will make you sound smarter!

Cacophony

Definition: It is a loud irritating mixture of sounds like howling dogs, honking cars, musical instruments or even people etc.

Example: “We entered a jungle and experienced a cacophony of noise”

Ennui

Definition: its origin is in French that stands for a feeling where you are simultaneously down with boredom and highly irked. It doesn’t account for depression but the feeling that you would be anywhere but here. It’s a bored and an interested state.

Example: “Today’s young are prey to Ennui every now and then”

Aquiver

Definition: It means you are so overcome with your emotions that you are actually shivering.

Sentence: “You doubt my excitement? I am aquiver with it!”

Glib

Definition: It is used when a person think she knows the solution but actually is just beating around the bush.

Sentence: “Sir, you think you can solve this, but you are just being a glib”

Umbrage

Definition: It means offence or annoyance.

Sentence: “I understand your publicity, but you needn’t cause so much umbrage”

Non-Sequitur

Definition: It is used when the subject of conversation changes abruptly, without any warning.

Sentence: “Wait what? I was asking you about the Facebook’s recent update and you started talking of the Earth’s demise? That was a weird non-sequitur!”

Vamoose

Definition: its origin is Spanish and it means to leave hurriedly or “let’s go”.

Sentence: “There’s an earthquake! Vamoose man Vamoose!”

Nefarious

Definition: It is defined something which is beyond evil.

Sentence: “The way he treats his employees is just Nefarious”

Boondoggle

Definition: Yes, this is actually a word that refers to an activity that pretends to be useful but is a big waste of time.

Sentence: “I swear to Mom, that social gathering was a big Boondoggle”

Capricious

Definition: It means Moody or unpredictable and can be used for the already infuriated people; as they will never be offended, because of the word’s neutrality.

Sentence: “Honey, you seem a little Capricious today! Whats the matter?”

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