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Big Words That Impress People

Published by savannahcash in Offbeat
December 13th, 2010

Want to impress your new manager? Here’s a way!

Don’t ever consciously try to use big words. This will make you sound like a sophomore- a “wise fool”, or an idiot who thinks he knows everything. Instead, refresh your vocabulary- learn large words that may be used in regular conversation.

Here are some words:

Algid (adj.)

Chilly or cold; having a low temperature.

The climate here is Algid- always freezing cold!”

Apotheosis (n.)

Elevation to a divine state; a perfect example.

“This party’s host is the apotheosis of a sophomore.”

Circean (adj.)

Refering to beauty of a dangerous kind. (Comes from the myth of the beautiful sorceress Circe, who would lure weary sailors to her island, only to turn them into pigs and eat them)

“People generally attach a circean characteristic to a stereotypic life of crime.”

Circumscript (adj.)

Limited or enclosed; confined.

“Our office is such a circumscript environment!”

Conundrum (n.)

A perplexing riddle or puzzle.

“That math problem must be a true conundrum to confuse her.”

Edacious (adj.) 

Voracious; starving.

“Some days she’s an architect and maker of imagination- others, she is just an edacious artist.”

Expiate (v.) 

To atone for or to make amends.

“I am here to expiate for my actions.”

Hobson’s choice (n.) 

An apparent free choice when there is no real alternative.

“Don’t ever be fooled by society’s sweet promises- its a Hobson’s choice.”

Lascivious (adj.) 

Producing sexual desire or behavior; arousing.

“She’s a seductive and lascivious temptress.”

Illeism (n.) 

Reference to oneself through the use of the third person.

“The use of illeism often makes one appear full of himself.”

Luddite (n.)

One who is opposed to technological change (Comes from a group of 19th century English workmen who destroyed labor-saving machinery as a protest.)

“Don’t be such a Luddite- cell phones aren’t going to send you to hell!”

Maven (n.)

Someone with special knowledge; an expert.

“We’ve sent the specimen to the premier maven in archaelogy. We will soon found out the truth about your “fossil.”

Obfuscate (v.)

To make obscure or unclear; to darken.

The only truth he knows is masked by obfuscation and lies.”

Occam’s razor (n.) 

A philosophical and scientific rule that states that entities should not multiply unnecessarily. (Interpreted to mean that the simplest theories are to be prefered more than complex ones.)

“Cut some of this out. Remember: Occam’s razor and less is more.”

Puerile (adj.)

Juvenile or silly; annoying.

“Grow up- and stop being so puerile!”

Skepsis (n.)

Philosophic doubt as to the objective reality of phenomena; (broadly) a skeptical outlook or attitude.

This would be much easier if you weren’t pressing your skepsis onto everyone.”

Sybarite (n.)

One who is self-indulgent; a wanton.

“That man isn’t so much a miser as he is a sybarite- one of these days, his debt will be up to his shoulders!”

Tacit (adj.)

Silent; having nothing left to say.

“He hasn’t said anything but hello. Is he shy, or just regularly tacit?”

Telos (n.)

An ultimate end.

“The story reached its Telos when the main character died.”

Tyro (n.)

A novice or beginning learner.

N00bs are just tyros.”

Ubiquitous (adj.)

Omnipresent (In Theology, refers to Christ or God).

“Every religion always refers to a ubiquitous higher power.”

Whinge (v.)

To whine or complain too much.

“Crying and whinging wont get you your job back.”

Zeitgeist (n.)

The spirit of the age; the taste, outlook, and spirit characteristics of the time.

“Today’s zeitgeist would be seen as strange to a society in the Renaissance period.”

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  1. Posted December 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Nice post, but I’m not going to use a dictionary just to get fancy words. I speak like I write, simple words that everyone can understand.

  2. Posted December 16, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Weldon article

  3. Posted January 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    wow nice words those, and good topic too am sure you know that by now.

  4. Swaggy G
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Many of those words are VERY obscure words. I suggest using more simple vocabulary to facilitate rapport between you and the boss-man.

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