Monday, December 9, 2013

Repost, with comments: 9 Buzzwords that make you sound dumb

We all have our "go to phrases" that seem to have universal applicability and appeal.  My personal favorites are "leverage" and "so there you have it."  I don't necessarily think they make you look dumb.  They are lazy though--an easy way of conveying a message without having to think too much about it.  Your go-to words that you can just bring into a sentence, and seem to work.

Years ago, I worked for an engineering group that used to have a "word of the day" blackboard (yes, it was THAT long ago) and we'd post words that were weird, interesting, or thought-provoking. The point was, we deliberately tried to expand our horizons, and vocabulary, by exploring other ways of conveying a thought or concept.  Maybe going back to reading the dictionary, or at least a Thesaurus, might not be such a bad idea?

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