The scholars at Wayne State University recently released their annual list of words that they feel should be used on a regular basis. The study actually focused on ten words that can make you sound smarter. I’m glad they included definitions, because some of these were unknown to me. Perhaps I didn’t attend the right college.
Just think, my friends—within this blog you’ll find ten words that you can use to dazzle your boss and co-workers! Drop some of these into your daily interactions and they’ll be positively beaming at your newfound intelligence. Read on.
Acedia – spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.
“When she broke up with him, he fell into a state of acedia and didn’t go out in public for two months.”
Anfractuous – Indirect and containing bends, turns or winds; circuitous.
“The road used to reach the castle was anfractuous.”
Blithering – Senselessly talkative, babbling; used chiefly as an intensive to express annoyance or contempt.
“His Facebook posts were the confused ramblings of a blithering fool.”
Bombinate – Buzzing, humming or droning to the point of distraction.
“A fly bombinated in the corner of the sun porch, making it difficult for John to relax.”
Bucolic – Of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
“Sitting in his office, Jack felt a twinge of longing for his bucolic childhood on the farm.”
Effulgent – Shining brightly; radiant; emanating joy or goodness.
“Her beauty was enhanced by her effulgent personality.”
Gauche – Lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward.
“His gauche demeanor made Tom stand out in the crowd of New York socialites.”
Guttle – To eat or drink greedily and noisily.
“As the man sitting across from her guttled his meal, she knew that the blind date was a mistake.”
Mugwump – A person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics.
“Ever the mugwump, he refused to take a side in the partisan bickering.”
Stultify – Cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of tedious or restrictive routine.
“The stultifying file work robbed the young intern of the enthusiasm she’d felt on the first day.”
There you have it. Ten words to a better you through an enhanced vocabulary! Personally, in my writing I tend to shy away from words that necessitate a Google search. I do that on purpose, not because I think my readers are gauche or bucolic, but because when I read something with uncommon words, I find the experience stultifying.
On a final note, I would like to apply a few of these words to our elected office holders in the nation’s capitol. You can insert whichever names you want.
“I wish our politicians would be more like mugwumps instead of blithering on their Twitter accounts and bombinating on TV talk shows.”
Wow, I feel smarter already!
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Tim Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author whose books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. His website is www.timsmithauthor.com.