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Speaking English can be difficult, and speaking it well enough to sound smart takes a lot of hard work! Learning a few powerful words and how to incorporate them into a standard conversation can make you sound more intelligent and interesting. The eloquence of your word choice and how you place each within a sentence can draw people to you as someone who sounds very smart.

The words chosen for this exercise won't be those that evoke the snarl of a pompous attitude, and they won't be obscure or overly technical. What these words will do is offer a genuine sense of intellectual effectiveness within any conversation you undertake. Using any one, or a combination of the 45 listed words will help you sound smart, regardless of who you are speaking with; even someone with higher education!

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Organizing "SMART WORDS"

  1. An initial list shows the 45 "smart words" for this exercise.
  2. You will find a pronunciation key (table form) below to help you speak each word properly and as it is meant to be said.
  3. Each "smart word" is then presented within its own section and will contain further information regarding that word.
  4. The pronunciation of each word presented will be provided next to each "smart word."
  5. When available, an etymology (word history) will be provided in [italics] for each word.
  6. The "smart words" are listed alphabetically and will show a definition(s) for each.
  7. A sample of each "smart word" will be used in a sentence/quote.

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  • Lurid
  • Machiavellian
  • Misnomer
  • Non sequitur
  • Nouveau riche
  • Ostentatious
  • Ostracize
  • Perfunctory
  • Precocious
  • Quid pro quo
  • Quintessential
  • Red herring
  • Rhetoric
  • Scintillating
  • Svengali
  • Tirade
  • Tryst
  • ubiquitous
  • Untenable
  • Vicarious
  • Vile
  • Waft
  • Zealous

The Chosen 45 "Words That Make You Sound Smart"

  • Acrimony
  • Avant-garde
  • Baroque
  • Byzantine
  • Cacophony
  • Capricious
  • Caustic
  • Dichotomy
  • Dilettante
  • Ennui
  • Esoteric
  • Faux pas
  • Fastidious
  • Gregarious
  • Glib
  • Hedonist
  • Heresy
  • Idiosyncratic
  • Insidious
  • Junket
  • Kitsch
  • Litany

PRONUNCIATION KEY (English Language Key)

American English Pronunciation Key

Symbol -- ExamplesSymbol -- Examples Symbol -- Examples 

ă   --- pat

j  --- judge

s --- sauce

ā  --- pay

k  --- kick, cat, pique

sh  --- ship, dish

âr   --- care

l  --- lid, needle

t  --- tight, stopped

ä  --- father

m  --- mum

th  --- thin / th --- this

b  --- bib

n  --- no, sudden

ū  --- boot

ch  --- church

ng  --- thing

ŭ  --- cut

d  --- deed, milled

ŏ  --- pot

ûr  --- urge, term, firm, word, heard

ĕ  --- pet

ō --- toe

v  --- valve

ē  --- bee

ô   --- caught, paw

w  --- with

f --- fife, phase, rough

ô r  --- core

y  --- yes

g  --- gag

oi  --- noise

z  --- zebra, xylem

h  --- hat

oo --- took

zh  --- vision, pleasure, garage

hw  --- which

oor  --- lure

ə  --- about, item, edible, gallop, circus

ĭ   --- pit

ou  --- out

ər  --- butter

ī  --- pie, by

p  --- pop


îr  --- deer, pier

r  --- roar


acrimony (ăk′rə-mō′nē) n.

  • Bitter, sharp, hostility, especially in speech. [From Latin ācrimōnia, sharpness, from ācer, sharp.]

"Acrimony is so intense, so uncompromising, so vicious, so unhealthy underscores the one tenet of the fan canon that is absolutely biblical in its inflexibility: Never forgive, never forget." — Jo Queenan, 2003

avant-garde (ä′vänt-gärd′) n. / adj.

  • A group that creates or promotes innovative or unconventional ideas in a given field, especially the arts. [From the French avant-garde, vanguard, from Old French: avant, before.]

"The avant-garde aroused in Hitler only incomprehension and revulsion. his own practice of art was limited to painstaking, lifeless reproductions of buildings; his own taste in art never moved beyond the kind of conventional, classically inspired representations that were the stock-in-trade of the academy that had he had so wanted to join in Vienna." —Richard J. Evans, 2003

baroque (bä-rōk′) adj.

  • Extravagant, complex, or bizzar, especially in ornamentation. [From french baroque, from Italian barocco, and from Portuguese barroco, imperfect pearl.]

"Although this masked vigilante (Spider-Man) soon takes up residence on the front page of the city's tabloids, his most baroque entanglement is the long-running masochistic charade with the girl next door. —J. Hoberman, 2002

byzantine (bĭz′ən-tēn′) adj.

  • Highly complicated; intricate and involved. [From the Late Latin Byzantinus, of the city of Byzantium, from Byzantium, from the Greek Byzantion.]

"The Unite States, with its 35-percent corporate income tax and its byzantine rules for taxing worldwide profits, is not a particularly friendly tax environment, especially compared with Bermuda, where there is no corporate income tax." —Jonathan Weisman, 2002"

cacophony(kə-kŏf′ə-nē) n.

  • Jarring, discordant sound. [From French cacophonie, from Greek kakophonia, from kakophonus, cacophonous : kakos, bad + phōnē, sound.]

"Just as the the strength of the Internet is chaos, the strength of our liberty depends upon the chaos and cacophony of the unfettered speech the First Amendment protects." —Stewart Dalzell, 1996

capricious (kə-prĭsh′əs or kə-prē′shəs) adj.

  • Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable. [From Italian capriccioso, from caporiccio, sudden start, fright: capo, head (from Latin caput) + riccio, curly (from Latin ēricius, hedgehog, since in a state of fright one's hair stands on end like the spines of a hedgehog).]

"many of the empire's failures lay in the man himself. Half-educated—able to read, but not to write—Charlemagne was vulgar and easily flattered. He was also capricious, at times pardoning his enemies, but on one occasion decapitating 4,500 surrendering Saxons. Though he loved making laws, few survived him."—"Castles of Sand: The Holy Roman Emperor," the Economist, 2004

caustic (kô′stĭk) adj.

  • Incisively critical or sarcastic; sharp or cutting. The corrosive action of caustic compounds is evoked by the figurative use of the word caustic, which refers to remarks or attitudes that are wounding. [From middle English caustik, from Latin causticus, from Greek kaustikos, from kaustos, red hot, from kaiein, kau-, to burn.]

A caustic substance is one that can burn, corrode, or dissolve something using chemical action. Most inorganic acids,—sulfuric acid—are very caustic. Metal hydroxides are alkaline substances that are caustic.

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dichotomy (dī-kŏt′ə-mē) n.

  • A division into two contrasting things or parts. [From greek dikhotomiā, from dikhotomos, divided in two : dikho-, in two (from dikha) + temnein, to cut.]

"The distinction between mind and body is an artificial dichotomy, a discrimination which is unquestionably based far more on the peculiarity of intellectual understanding than on the nature of things."—Carl Jung, 1933

dilettante (dĭl′ĭ-tänt′) n. / adj.

  • n.A person with a superficial interest in an art or field of knowledge; a dabbler. [From Italian dilettante, lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from dēlectāre : dē-, intensive prefix + lactāre, to allure, wheedle, from lacere, to allure.]
  • adj. Superficial; amateurish.

"Her father's obsession with fleas, however, was not a dilettante enthusiasm, but a serious scientific interest. He had identified the flea that carries plague, Xenopsylla cheopis Rothschild, and had written more than 150 papers on the creatures." —Miriam Rothschild, 2005

ennui (ŏn-wē′) n.

  • Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom.

esoteric (ĕs′ə-tĕr′ĭk) adj.

  • Intended for or understood by only a restricted number of people. [From Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of es, within."]

"The young modernists, Ezra Pound an T.S. Eliot, found Yeats's preoccupation with occultism silly, and Yeasts knew that he must downplay his esoteric interests if the new, modernist literary establishment were to accept him." —Susan Johnson Graf, W.B.Yeats, 2000

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faux pas (fō pä′) n.

  • A social blunder. [From the French faux, false + Latin, pas, meaning to spread out]

"Penny Marshall: Here's Jane, a wild and beguiling gypsy ready to set your heart aflame if not for one fashion faux pas.

Rob Reiner: Jane is wearing a hamster on her head. Don't wear hamster heads; you've got a face—let's see it." —Saturday Night Live, 1975

fastidious (fă-stĭd′ē-əs) adj.

  • 1. Possessing or displaying meticulous attention to detail. 2. Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, especially in matters of taste. [From middle English fastidiuos, squeamish, particular, haughty.From Old French fastidieux, from Latin fastīdiōsus, probably from fastus, disdain.]

George[Furious with his father]: "I cannot believe you are seriously suggesting Miss Swartz as the companion of my heart and hearth!"

Mr. Osborn: "Why not?"

George: "Well, to begin with, she's not English."

Mr. Osborn: "Hoity-toity! Less fastidious, if you please!" —From the film Vanity Fair, 2004

glib (glĭb) adj.

  • 1. Performed with a natural, offhand ease. 2. Marked by ease and fluency of speech or writing that suggests or stems from insincerity, superficially, or deceitfulness. [Possibly shortening of glibbery, slippery, possibly from low German glibberig, smooth, slippery, from Middle Low German glibberich: glibber, jelly (a kin to dialectal Dutch glib, curds) + -ich, adjectival suffix.]

"Hare's play never ignites. He drizzles glib dialogue over their encounter; like coulis on a plate, it makes the dish look more appetizing than it actually is." —John Lahr, The New Yorker, 2002

gregarious (grĭ-gâr′ē-əs) adj.

  • Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable. [From Latin gregārius, belonging to a flock, from grex, greg-, flock.]

"Biologically speaking, man is moderately gregarious, not a completely social animal—a creature more like a wolf, let us say, or an elephant, than like a bee or an ant." —Aldous Huxley, 1959

hedonist (hēd′n-ĭst) n.

  • A person who is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses. [From Greek hēdonē, pleasure.]

"We aren't here for a party," Agamemnon said. Xerxes, though, had always seemed disappointed that he could no longer indulge in fine foods; he had been a hedonist in his human days. Now he just gave the mechanical sigh and admired his surroundings." —Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, 2003

heresy (hĕr′ĭ-sē′) n.

  • 1. An opinion or a teaching at variance with established beliefs or opinions. 2. Adherence to such an opinion or teaching. [From Middle English heresie, from Old French, from Late Latin haeresis, from Greek hairesis, from Greek, a choosing, faction, from haireisthai, to choose.]

"He was not about to comprimise a promising career by promulgating a heresy that he could not prove. What then was his heresy? A belief in evolution itself." —Stephan J. Gould, 1977

idiosyncratic (ĭd′ē-ō-sĭng-krăt′ĭk) adj.

  • Peculiar to a specific group or individual.

"Even in his toughest gangster roles, Bogart was sympathetic. Always the enemy of emotion, he nonchalantly accepted his inevitable doom while conveying an idiosyncratic mixture of high tension and sexy charm." —Jeffery Meyers, 1997

insidious (ĭn-sĭd′ē-əs) adj.

  • Doing harm in a subtle or imperceptible manner; treacherous. [From Latin īnsidiōsus, from īmsididae, ambush, from īnsidēre, to sit upon, lie in wait for: in-, in+sedēre, to sit.]

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove, that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government." —President George Washington, 1796

English Power Words

  • Sound Smart Using English Power Words
    Want to sound smart? Use these few English words to make people think you are very smart. Even if English is not your first language, these vocabulary words can make you sound smart. They are not technical words, or even long words. These words are c

junket (jŭng′kĭt) n.

  • A trip or tour, especially one taken by an official at the expense or by a person who is the guest of a business or agency seeking patronage.

"If your local critics or TV reporters are kind to this film, you might bear in mind that 78 of them were invited on a publicity junketto Jamaica, as part of the film's budget." —Pauline kael, 1966

kitsch (kĭch) n.

  • Art or other objects appealing to popular taste, as by being gaudy or overly sentimental. [From German Kitsch, perhaps akin to kitschen, to scrape up street mud, smooth down (from a notion likening bad painting to mud scraped off streets or the skills of a bad painter to those of a street cleaner).]

"The kitchen is where we...collect kitsch. Hummel figurines, statues of liberty salt and pepper shakers, underpants that say Home of the Whopper, and so on. Kitsch. The kitchen is where we look at kitsch".— Christopher Durang, 1998

litany (lĭt′n-ē) n.

  • A repetitive recital or list. [From Middle English letanie, prayer in the form of a litany.]

"The working conditions in these meatpacking plants were brutal. In The Jungle [1906] Upton Sinclair described a litany of horrors: severe back and shoulder injuries, lacerations, amputations, exposure to dangerous chemicals, and memorably, a workplace accident in which a man fell into a vat and got turned into lard."—Eric schlosser, 2001

lurid (lûr′ĭd) adj.

  • Characterized by vivid description or explicit details that are meant to provoke or shock. [From Latin for lūridus, pale, from lūror, paleness.]

"when the exaggerated and lurid story of the Cypress Hills fight, getting dirtier as it went, like a summer whirlwind, reached Ottawa, it stirred up a furry of public feeling against Americans at large and against whiskey traders in particular." —Wallace Stegner, 1962

Machiavellian (măk′ē-ə-vĕl′-ē-ən) adj.

  • Characterized by cunning and deceit. [After Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), Italian political theorist.]

"The business of the University is political, then, not simply because it is a place of Machiavellian intrigue, self-serving negotiation, passive aggression, devious alliance, and mind-numbing committee discussions— of which it is— but because it is a place where citizens critique knowledge in the service of defining happiness and a democratic community." —Eric Gould, 2003

misnomer (mĭs-nō′mər) n.

  • A name wrongly or unsuitably applied to a person or an object. [From Old French mesnomer, to misname: mes-, wrongly + nommer, to name.]

"Finding oneself was a misnomer: a self is not found but made; and the anti-hero, anti-history bias was an obstacle to making it, because a starting point from the past was missing; it had to be made from scratch." —Jaques Barzun, 2000

non sequitur (nŏn sĕk′wĭ-tĕr) n.

  • A statement that does not follow logically from what precedes it. [From Latin nōn sequitur, it does not follow: nōn, not + sequitur, third person singular present tense of sequī, to follow.]

"On being told he was agranfather, my father's answer was "Federico Fellini just died." This became an instant family joke, along with his other memorable non sequiturs." —Philip Lopate, 2003

nouveau riche (nū′vō rēsh′) adj.

  • Characterized by newly acquired wealth, especially when it i flaunted. [From French nouveau riche:nouveau, new + riche, rich.]

"Doña Elena's apartment was arranged not as a flashy show of nouveau riche wealth designed to impress the visitor, but as a low-key expression of the good taste that comes with dignified social belonging." —Steve J. Stren, 2004

ostentatious (ŏs′tən-tā′shəs) adj.

  • Characterized by showiness meant to impress others; pretentious in display. [From Latin ostentāre, to show off, from ostendere, to show.]

"Even in the darkness of the car, with only the intermittent streetlights to give it life, the diamond was overwhelming. She shrank away. "I can't take that!" "Don't you like it?" "Like it! It's the most fantastic thing I've ever seen!" "Ten Karats," he said easily. "But in a square cut it's not at all ostentatious." "Of course not," she laughed nervously. "Every secretary has one." —Jaqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls, 1966

ostracize (ŏs′trə-sīz′) v.

  • To exclude from a group. [From Greek ostrakizein, from ostrakon, shell, potsherd (from the potsherd used in ancient Greece as ballots in voting to ostracize a person).]

"The United Nations must hold accountable any country that supports or condones terrorism, otherwise you will fail in your primary mission as peacekeeper. It must ostracize any nation that supports terrorism." —Rudy Giuliani, Special Session on Terrorism, October 1, 2001

perfunctory (pər-fŭngk′tə-rē) adj.

  • Done routinely and with little interest or care. [Late latin perfūnctōrius, from Latin, past participle of perfungī, to get through with: per-, through + fungī, to perform.]

"Reforms in a civil service must go on; but the changes should be real and genuine, not perfunctory, or prompted by zeal in behalf of any party simply because it happens to be in power." —President William McKinley, 1897

precocious (prĭ-kō′shəs) adj.

  • Displaying or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in intelligence. [From Latin praecox, praecoc-, premature, from praecoquere, to boil before, ripen early: prae-, before + coquere, to cook, ripen.]

"Blind children, it has often been noted, tend to be precocious verbally, and may develop such fluency in the verbal description of faces and places as to leave others [and perhaps themselves] uncertain as to whether they are actually blind." —Oliver Sacks, 2003

quid pro quo (kwĭd′ prō kwō′) n.

Plural: quid pro quos or quids pro quo

  • Something given in return for something else or accepted as a reciprocal part of an exchange. [From Latin quid prō quō: quid, something + prō, for + quō, ablative form of quid, something.]

"Lothian now cabled that Mr. Sumner Welles had told him that the constitutional position made it "utterly impossible" for the President to send the destroyers as a spontaneous gift; they could come only as a quid pro quo." —Winston S. Churchill, 1949

quintessential (kwĭn′tə-sĕn′shəl) adj.

  • Being the best or most typical example of its kind.

"Plain spoken, plain talking, no nonsense Harry. Little Harry, some people called him when he first took Roosevelt's place. Little man, they called him, the day FDR died. Funny that little Harry Truman looms so large in our memories. he was in many ways the quintessential American. — President Ronald Reagan, 1984

red herring (rĕd hâr′-ēn) n.

  • Something that draws attention away from the matter at hand.

"Teachers complained it took weeks to get these mandatory plays ready, weeks that would be better spent on lessons to bring up the school's repeated dreadful showings on standardized tests. But Mrs. Scalise dismissed that as a red herring, pointing out the extra time wouldn't help a poor teacher improve test scores". —Sam Swope, 2004

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rhetoric (rĕt′ər-ĭk) n.

  • Language that is intended to persuade, especially when viewed as pretentious, insincere, or without intellectual merit. [Ultimately from Latin rhētoricē, rhētorica, from Greek rhētorikē, rhetorical (art), feminine of rhētorikos, rhetorical, from rhētōr, rhetor.]

"'s not that I see boarding schools as evil, I just don't see them as necessary, and despite their often self-congratulatory rhetoric, i don't see them as noble–certainly no more so than public schools.—Curtis Sittenfeld, 2005

scintillating (sĭn′tl-ā′tĭng) adj.

  • Lively and exceptionally intelligent; animated and brilliant. [From Latin scintillāre, scintillāt-, to sparkle, from scintilla, spark.]

"David: How 'bout if you help me, unless I'm horning in here. Sofia: You are, but the food's good. David: I have a problem. I got a stalker. Sofia: It doesn't sound life threatening. David: But I need a cover. I need for you to pretend we are having a scintillating conversation, and you are wildly entertained. I know it's tough. Sofia: I'll improvise."—from the film Vanilla Sky, 2001

Svengali (svĕn-gä′lē) n.

  • A person who manipulates or controls another for malicious purposes, especially by force of personality. [After Svengali, the hypnotist villain in the novel Trilby by George du Maurier (1834-1896).]

But in front of the jury they had it that Doris was a saint; the whole plan had been mine, I was Svengali who'd forced Doris to join my criminal enterprise." —from the film The Man Who Wasn't Their, 2001

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tirade (tī′rād′) n.

  • A long, angry speech, usually of a critical nature.

"When Velutha arrived, Mammachi lost her bearings and spewed her blind venom, her crass, insufferable Velutha standing very still in the gloom. Mammachi continued her tirade, her eyes empty, her face twisted and ugly, her anger propelling her towards Velutha until she was shouting right into his face and he could fell the spray of her spit and smell the stale tea on her breath." —Arundhati Roy, 1997

tryst (trĭst) n.

  • 1. An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place. 2. A meeting or meeting place that has been agreed on. [From Middle English trist, from Old French triste, a waiting place (in hunting).]

"Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom." —Jawaharlal Nehru, speech given to the Constituent Assembly, New Delhi, 1947

ubiquitous (yū-bĭk′wĭ-təs) adj.

  • Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time. [From Lating ubīque, everywhere: ubī, where + -que, and (also appended to other words to give them a generalizing sense).]

"One of the wild suggestings referred to, as at last coming to be linked with the white whale in the minds of the superstitiously inclined, was the unearthly conceit that Moby Dick was ubiquitous; that he had actually been encountered in opposite latitudes at one and the same instant of time." —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851

untenable (ŭn-tĕn′ə-bəl) adj.

  • 1. Impossible to maintain or defend, as against criticism. 2. Impossible to tolerate or endure. [From un-, not + tenable, from French, from Old French, from tenir, to hold, from Latin tenēre.]

"The waters have been shifting constantly within the city itself. Some areas that were dry last night, people woke up this morning and found that they had been surrounded by water. In other words, what was a bad situation, by sunrise, had become almost an untenable situation." —Martin Savidge, August 31, 2005

vicarious (vī-kâr′ē-əs) adj.

  • Experienced or felt by empathy with or imaginary participation in the life of another person. [From Latin vicārius, vicarious, a substitute, from vicis, genitive from of vix, change.]

"The debate on the House floor is still droning on, and while Democrats grumble over the long hours, nothing can dampen the exuberance of the Republicans, as vote tally after vote tally confirms the new reality. They're actually winning, and they want to keep it even if it takes all night...This afternoon, their side of the House aisle was crowded with former members who had come back to the scene of so many defeats for, at last, a day of vicarious victory. —Cokie Roberts, 1995

vile (vīl) adj.

  • 1. Loathsome, disgusting. 2. Morally depraved or wicked. [From Middle English vile, from Old French, from Latin vīlis, cheap, worthless.]

"When I tasted it I knew why. It had been another of Pnky's cost-cutting measures, her replacing the local honey with Chinese honey that came in five-gallon pails and was poured into squirt bottles. The stuff was vile, with the dusty oversweet industrial taste of the Chinese corn syrup that had been used to adulterate it." —Paul Theroux, Hotel Honolulu, 2001

waft (wäft or wăft) v.

  • To move or cause to move gently and smoothly through the air. [From earlier waft, to convoy, back-formation from wafter, convoy ship, alteration of Middle English waughter, from Middle Dutch, or Middle low German wachter, a guard, from wachten, to guard.]

"The weather of the world remained fair, and the wind held in the west, but nothing could waft away the glooms and the sad mists that clung about the Mountains of Shadow; and behind them at whiles great smokes would arise and hover in the upper winds." —J.R.R. Tolkien, the Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 1955

zealous (zĕl′əs) adj.

  • Passionately devoted to a cause, ideal, or goal. [From Medieval Latin zēlōsus, from zēlus, zeal, from Greek zēlos.]

"From all its secular posturing, science has in common with many religions a zealous adherence to the concept of sin. There are the deadly scientific sins, like fabricating results or failing to give proper credit to one's peers; and there are the little sins, like experimental sloppiness or appearing once too often on television." —Natalie Angier, The Beauty and the Beastly, 1995

Research for this topic was conducted using the AMERICAN HERITAGE, and WEBSTERS DICTIONARIES. Using either resource, you can find definitions for more vocabulary words, synonyms for words, and even find words to expand your vocabulary further. Now go learn more "smart words!"

Comments for "Sound Smart Using These English Words"

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on March 20, 2013:


These are some great smart sounding words which will greatly improve your vocabulary. The key is learning them well so that you can use them in speaking and writing. My suggestion is putting these words into small groups which apply to a certain situation or topic and practicing their use there. Voted up as useful and sharing with followers.

vibesites from United States on March 01, 2013:

I love this hub, I've learned a few more new words! Really a delight to read. Voted up and awesome. :)

Sweet Chococarrie from My Heart To Yours on July 07, 2012:

Awesome Hub Dear K9keystrokes, I love your hub ! You touched so many beautiful subjects about WORDS that can help one sound smart indeed, one of the best part in here that i love is Playing Scrabbles, for me it is totally a Passion, i am so addicted and love to always have good contenders play with me the best that they can, Scrabble has been my most Favorite Game indeed and of course if not scrabble on my sight I LOVE always to make fun with words, like using a 5letter word in about less or more than 10 more words to produce, to form more words out of them as fast as i can, it has always been a sweet game for me. I wanted to suggest for you too there is this game of falling letters that you must be so keen to catch before they fall and type them as fast as you can, and when the time is over you get more ahead to the next level till you reach the most highest scores, its kind of testing how quick you can form words out from those falling letters. And you are so right that it is not that easy thing to speak a word so well enough to make you sound smart, which made me recall our speech language during my studies in the university, i love that part of speech language, we do have booths and microphones and headsets and most of the time we are supposed to be standing in front of everybody so as to properly say a line or two pronouncing it as it should be heard, your beautiful hub made me able to remember those good old days with the beautiful english study, thanks for the many beautiful tips you shared in here i do love them all. More Power Always..

Alexander Radich from Kiev on February 10, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your post, sounding smart is great when you deal with smart-looking people! ))

I have an SAT learning website . I try to use words in groups and add images and video to help memorize them )

Have a good luck!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 21, 2012:

JANINAMARIE~ Awesome! I really like to hear when people have learned something, no matter how small, we must learn new information each day! I am pleased that you found just one small thing among a few smart words! Thank you for sharing this with us!



JANINAMARIE from New York on January 21, 2012:

I love to sound smart! And now I know what quid pro quo means (from Silence of the Lambs...) I always wondered...great hub! Yay, words!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 19, 2012:

Millionaire Tips~ Thank you for sharing just how you feel about these "big words" as you call them. I can understand your position and respect that you take a personal approach to language, keeping yourself approachable. Sometimes, this is the more difficult task, to reign in ones know-how. Admirable to be sure.



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 19, 2012:

Neil Sperling~ Smiling, and feeling a little impressed with you right now!! Outstanding comment!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 19, 2012:

Not an ass at all,'s good to appreciate where one stands in the realm of intellect. ;)



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 19, 2012:

So grateful for your good will! Happy Hubbing!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 19, 2012:

I appreciate that you find the hub worthy!



India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on January 19, 2012:

princesswithapen~ "Expanding one's vocabulary has never gone out of vogue"

What a great string of words you have created! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for your appreciation.



Shasta Matova from USA on January 19, 2012:

Oh my, those are some big words, even though I do know what most of those words mean. What can I say, I read the dictionary when I was a kid, and subscribe to the word of the day. I actually try not to use words like these, so that people can relate to me. When I hear other people using big words, I think they are rather show-offish.

I am still voting this hub up, though, because I think it is rather good to know what these words mean, and know that you can use them even if you don't. Plus, we will know what they mean when other people use them.

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on January 19, 2012:

you supplied an ineffable compilation of useful words that augment ones lexicon above the ordinary. Thanks :-)

Stclairjack from middle of freekin nowhere,... the sticks on January 19, 2012:

it probably makes me an ass,... but this list with the exception of perhaps 2-3, was already in my vocabulary in its entirety,... thank you,.... i'm suddenly feeling very much better about myself today.

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on January 19, 2012:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This will help me tremendously with my writing! Rated up, useful & also shared with followers!

Kaliska Davis from United State on January 19, 2012:

Really very good hub.

princesswithapen on January 19, 2012:

Expanding one's vocabulary has never gone out of vogue, neither has the the art of looking or sounding smart! Awesome hub - top feedback, bookmarking and sharing!


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 26, 2011:

twilanelson~ Thanks so much! I am honored you feel this "smart words" hub is worthy enough for sharing! I appreciate your support.



Twila Nelson from Carmichael, California on October 09, 2011:

Thank you again for this amazing Hub, I am sharing your list with my teenager and honor student.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on October 08, 2011:

kripkrip420~ No matter what words you do or d not know, it is always best to simply be yourself. Learning new words does not mean you are compromising who you are, but possibly become just a bit more aware. I wish you the best at your university studies! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here today and I am glad you found the hub helpful.



kripkrip420 from In relation to what? on October 08, 2011:

Wow. How much time did you invest on this Hub? Anyway, very well done! I have probably never heard 80% of those words, so, I can agree with you in saying that they will probably make me sound very smart! What's funny is that, now, since I am a university student, it seems as if everyone tries to sound exceptionally well educated (including myself). I don't really understand why people do it. It's almost some type of competition. Anyway, enough of my rant. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

elija_god from Abuja, Nigeria on September 18, 2011:

Nice hub on Vacabulary, Awesome Job there!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 23, 2011:

Snakeslane~ Thanks for stopping by for a smart word read! As for a thesaurus being built in to the hub text editing tools, not yet; but what a great idea. And no dictionary either that I know of (yet). You can suggest these upgrades in the forum section of HubPages. I think you are on to something here!

BTW-- Huge Hub Welcome!



Verlie Burroughs from Canada on August 23, 2011:

Great reference piece, and while I'm here wondering are there any plans to get a thesaurus built in to the hub text editing tools? Also is there a dictionary on this site? New here. Thanks.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 15, 2011:

crystolite~ Thanks for stopping by for read today. I really appreciate your comments. I hope the article helps to increase even one person's vocabulary!



Emma from Houston TX on August 15, 2011:

Useful hub on vocabulary!That's great.It is advisable to use good and brilliant words when writing or speaking in public .it gives Joy and Respect.I enjoyed it so much. vote up,Interesting,awesome and useful.

mariefontaine from Indianapolis, Indiana on August 14, 2011:

Thank YOU for welcoming me...

mariefontaine from Indianapolis, Indiana on August 14, 2011:

And the wordsmith finds she is truly in the company of an intellect... Love and Light in a Tunnel of Darkness.... "Raw"

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on August 14, 2011:

mariefontaine~ This hub is intended to help those who choose to increase their vocabulary in a mainstream format. I understand that frequent "smart" conversations happen absent of any words that are "traditionally" considered to be quality verbiage. I adore the more rustically colored (yet extremely intelligent) words of spoken word artists like yourself. I personally have great respect for these venues, as I am often humbled by words that drip with emotion as the artist seemingly bleeds out on stage. One of my all-time favorite characters is "Poet," found on the HBO series OZ. His deep meaning raw vocabulary has more than once left me in tears.

Thanks for offering your comments here; I respect your opinion on the topic and that you have the strength to share your full mind.

BTW, Welcome to HubPages!

~Only Choose Love~


mariefontaine from Indianapolis, Indiana on August 13, 2011:

I tend to believe this is the biggest bunch of tomfoolery and f*@&kery I have ever read. It's when people study articles such as this and believe they actually need to utilize these 40+ words in order to have "smart" conversation that they actually are alienated from quality conversation. How incredibly ridiculous this is. You do not have to speak like you are reading from a scrabble board or possess a thesaurus in your brain in order to be respected as an intellect. Absurdity.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on July 03, 2011:

twila~ Thanks for your comment. I am so glad you found the hub useful!

Twila Nelson from Carmichael, California on July 03, 2011:

Beautifully written vocabulary builder, thank you.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 24, 2011:

Mary Merriment~ It seems that some of the hubbers here are taking this little smart words hub and treating it in an avant-garde manner...I think I like the litany of remarks being presented because of this! ;)

Thank you for your kind comments!


Mary Roark from Boise area, Idaho on June 23, 2011:

A very cool, or scintillating, ;o) article!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 22, 2011:

Martie~ LOL! Glad you found the hub worthy of bookmarking! Thank you for your scintillating remarks!


Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 22, 2011:

It will be a faux pas not to bookmark this. In my writings they will be pretty ostentatious :) Thanks!

Monsterpaws on June 17, 2011:

How to sound number 28? :-)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 16, 2011:

Jaydeus and Guanta~ Thank for your comments, I am so glad you both find this smart words vocabulary hub helpful! It took forever to create but was a blast to see if I could stay diligent and complete the entire thing...sometimes a lesson in discipline makes for a great outcome! Appreciate your input.


Guanta on June 15, 2011:

Fabulous. Thank you K9, excellent information. A definite bookmark!

James Stratton from Springfield, TN on June 15, 2011:

Nice hub. I needed this. :)

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 14, 2011:

Just Ask Susan and Annmackimiller~ Thanks so much for stopping by! I truly apreciate your support and am thrilled you approve of this "Smart Words" hub! I hope it serves you well in a future "Scrabble" match or classroom setting.


annmackiemiller from Bingley Yorkshire England on June 14, 2011:

well that about covers it :0)

voted up and awesome

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2011:

K9 Fantastic hub which I have bookmarked so that I can return to learn some new words.

I took an entire semester in high school that was vocabulary building. It was quite an interesting class as I remember.

Up, useful and awesome.

Sriparna from New Delhi on June 07, 2011:

Thanks for an informative hub, but I think you should continue writing sequels to this hub. Those who're preparing for GRE, SAT or job interviews will find it useful for reviewing. Especially the origin of each word and the example sentences were interesting.

Sriparna from New Delhi on June 07, 2011:

Thanks for such an informative hub on word power. But I think you should continue writing sequels to this hub. Those who're preparing for GRE or SAT or job interviews will find it useful for reviewing. Especially I liked the way you gave the origin of the words and example sentences.

Steph Harris from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom on June 06, 2011:

Brilliant hub K9, a huge amount of information that is so helpful, thanks for sharing this knowledge with your fellow hubbers. Voted up and awesome.

Kathy from California on June 06, 2011:

WOW this is superb!!!! What a great idea! I read down the page and I am embarrassed to say that I need to bookmark this, without a doubt! Rated up, awesome and useful!!!!

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 05, 2011:

JS~ Thanks for the comments! I am so happy you find the hub helpful. I appreciate your valuable time.


JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on June 05, 2011:

This is a super-informative Hub! Great Job! Voted Up, Awesome, and Useful.


India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on June 05, 2011:

Thank you for your comments everyone! I really appreciate that you found time to take in a few English vocabulary words!

@JP~ These words will pop up within the SAT in random order, along with about 100 more of this caliper of vocabulary. The SAT also covers 1K+ more words to mix-it-up. The dictionary links provided in the hub can help to further improve ones "smart words" English quest. Glad you found the phonetic symbols helpful! Thanks for stopping by.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on June 05, 2011:

Nice vocabs. Are these found in the SAT? Great for reviews! :) The explanation on the phonetic symbols is also an excellent addition to the hub.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2011:

Awesome hub on vocabulary. It is always a good idea to use intelligent words when writing or speaking.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on June 04, 2011:

K9-Awesome hub! Thanks for giving me words to make me sound smarter. LOL I'm going to bookmark this:) Hope your enjoying summer my friend.

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