I have an announcement: books are incredible.
Wait, better yet, words in general are amazing. As an English major, it is my duty to save the world from grammatical errors, misspelled words, and fallacious arguments.
Honestly, I know what you’re thinking: Umm, eww! Words are for geeks and dweebs. I’m sorry to disappoint you, I really am, but in actuality vocabulary words are more important than you think.
Consider this: you are applying for an internship and submit a cover letter that says:
My name is Susie and I’d love to be an intern. I am a hard worker and I persevere through tough times.
Now, this sentence isn’t terrible, however, with the addition of a few enhanced vocabulary words, the sentence POPS! Let’s give this another go, shall we?
My name is Susie and I am interested in the Blah Blah Blah internship position. As my resume illustrates, I am emblematic of hard work and perseverance. I am confident that I will make a great addition to your team.
See? Words are life changing and powerful! Go ahead, cry it out. I’ll wait.
If you’re looking for ways to spruce up your vocabulary, check out these 21 vocabulary words!
1. Candid (adj.)
2. Idyllic (adj.)
Definition: Peaceful, romanticized, unrealistic, and not practical
Definition: To clarify
4. Salubrious (adj.)
Definition: Healthy, beneficial
5. Multifaceted (adj.)
Definition: Multiple features or components
6. Mores (noun)
Definition: A set of customs, beliefs, and practices
7. Dogma (noun)
Definition: A principle believed to be true—especially in reference to religion
8. Deity (noun)
Definition: A god or goddess
9. Comestible (noun)
Definition: A food item, (ex. A lunchbox full of comestibles)
10. Fallacious (adj.)
Definition: False, untrue, erroneous
11. Ostensible (adj.)
Definition: Something that appears to be true but in essence, is not entirely true
12. Irrefutable (adj.)
Definition: Not able to be disapproved or refuted
13. Indubitable (adj.)
Definition: Unequivocal, unquestionable
14. Propagate (verb)
Definition: To bring forth or assert, to spread
15. Enrapture (verb)
Definition: Overpowering happiness, joy
16. Austere (adj.)
Definition: Stern, reserved
17. Belie (verb)
Definition: To contradict
18. Marginalize (verb)
Definition: To alienate, disenfranchise
19. Posit (verb)
Definition: To assert or assume as fact
20. Unequivocal (adj.)
Definition: Clear, straightforward
21. Equivocal (adj.)
Definition: Vague, unclear
What is your favorite vocabulary word?