Stop Using These 12 Words To Instantly Sound Smarter

Don’t let your vocabulary get the best of you. Instantly improve your speech by removing key words and phrases that are causing you to sound less intelligent and holding you back from your full speaking potential.

1. Irregardless

While this may seem correct, it actually isn’t. Stick to using words like “regardless” or “disregarding” to make your point.

2. Always

Unless it “always” happens, don’t use this word. It locks the writer into a perspective, position, or idea that you might not “always” agree with. Keep your language open-minded by deleting this word from your vocabulary.

3. Maybe

Leaders don’t sure the word “maybe.” It makes the speaker sound confused, uninformed, or insecure on the topic. Add confidence to your point by omitting this word from your internal dictionary.

4. Just

This is a filler word. It adds dimension to your speech without giving context or added information. When using it in a sentence, try rereading it without the word. If the sentence still sound accurate, then delete it.

5. Basically

Basically, this is another filler word that builds up to your original point. It’s added fluff that you don’t need. Delete it, and get to your point. However, if you’re insistent on using a leading word besides your point, try “essentially” or “in essence” instead.

6. Whatever

Unless your a teenager upset with your parents, don’t use this word. It adds a sense of immaturity to your language that you totally don’t need.

7. Guru

This word seems a little overdramatic. While you may be an expert in your field, let your experience shine through instead of boasting it with superfluous words.

8. Very

“Very” is a lazy word. It’s intended to make your adjective sound more dramatic, when in fact it is dumbing down your vocabulary. Instead of saying you were very mad, try saying your were infuriated instead. It amps up your language, and gives your story more interest.

9. Generally

This is another word that locks the writer or speaker into a position. The word itself assumes a perspective from the start. Unless your statement happens most of the time, then omit this word. Your point will still come across without using this word.

10. Lame

Don’t refer to something you don’t like as “lame.” The word itself is very outdated, and it makes your speech sound immature. Find a new way to express your disinterest for something instead.

11. I Couldn’t Care Less

This implies a lot of negative connotations. If you couldn’t care less, find a new or more positive way to state your feelings.

12. For All Intensive Purposes

The correct saying is “for all intents and purposes.” Avoid embarrassing yourself by learning the correct phrases.