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How to sound more intelligent in 0.5 seconds

How to sound more intelligent in 0.5 seconds

HELLO YOU SUMPTUOUS, SUBLIME BEING.

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Now that I’ve got your attention, I’d love to bring something to it.

It’s about a word epidemic that most of us don’t even realize is happening.

And it’s ruining our ravishing language and making most of us look downright DUMB.

Let’s raise some awareness, folks!

It’s about the word AWESOME.

Oh my.

When was the last time you read it? In an email this morning? On social media a few minutes ago? In conversation just now? Probably at some point today, I’m guessing, if you’re an English speaker out and about in the world.

I’m certainly guilty of it. I probably dropped the awesome bomb a couple of times today already. It’s contagious, after all.

Here’s some food for thought. When was the last time you read/ heard the word scrumtrulescient? Smashing? Ravishing? Downright dynamite?

Isn’t the English language wondrous? (See what I did there? ;p)

Luckily, the folks at http://newantisocial.com/ have come up with just the thing:

www.InsteadofAwesome.com.

It’s a super-duper tool that allows you to replace the A-word with a far more bodacious adjective.

Here are some examples:

  • Illecebrous
  • Splendiferous
  • Dope
  • Glorious

Don’t those words just… sing? Make you a little bit happy? Don’t you feel like your brain just expanded a little?

Because the trouble is, we’re all a little de-sensitized to the word ‘Awesome’. It doesn’t mean anything to anyone anymore. An artist isn’t going to get excited if you call their work awesome. But if you tell them it’s majestic, now that’s another matter.

Tell your waiter your meal was exquisite, and you might just make the chef’s day.

So what do you say?

Are you in? Shall we commit to no more awesome?

Shall we scratch AWESOME from our lexicon?

Let’s do it! Tell me your new favorite word in the comments, and let’s start a revolution.

Brilliant.

#nomoreawesome

 

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6 thoughts on “How to sound more intelligent in 0.5 seconds

  1. I’m going to start using “magical”. I’d be pretty happy to have myself or anything I’ve done described as magical!

  2. I’m going to use the word ‘awesome’. No just kidding! I’ll use ‘ exquisite ‘ Its a beautiful word, don’t you think?

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