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    02-28-2012, 09:27 PM
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Thos big words that make you feel smarter....

What's your favorite "big words" that make you feel smarter when talking to people?

I compete on my high school's debate team. My favorite word to use on my non-debate-y friends is "Utilitarianism", which is basically just saying the greatest good for the greatest number of people. :)

Utilitarianism | Define Utilitarianism at Dictionary.com

Also, "Hegemony"

Hegemony | Define Hegemony at Dictionary.com
     
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    02-29-2012, 12:09 AM
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I don't know if it is my favorite, but I use it alot-
Anthropomorphism
anthropomorphism: Definition from Answers.com
It seems apropo to many of the conversations with my critter loving friends. Although they usually have no idea what I said. LOL
     
    02-29-2012, 12:17 AM
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Green Broke
Antecedent,
Something some people have enormous problems using correctly and it drives me nuts.

Its the noun that is used first in a sentence or conversation BEFORE you use a pronoun. Ever get in a conversation with lots of he she it them those that it this, What the heck are you talking about ?
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    02-29-2012, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
antecedent,
Something some people have enormous problems using correctly and it drives me nuts.

Its the noun that is used first in a sentence or conversation BEFORE you use a pronoun. Ever get in a conversation with lots of he she it them those that it this, What the heck are you talking about ?
I don't think I ever want to hear this word again, I had a lecture in class on antecedents today... lol
     
    02-29-2012, 06:27 AM
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Foal
Unfortunately I'm not that smart so I don't have any big words.... I can interperet IM though!
     
    02-29-2012, 06:32 AM
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Green Broke
Duffy's is

Foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

Oats make you smarter, apparently
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    02-29-2012, 07:45 AM
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Any word with more than two syllables...lol
     
    02-29-2012, 11:27 AM
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I have a vocabulary that would choke a horse, but what makes me feel "smart" is when I can explain relatively complex concepts in simple enough terms that anyone can understand what I am attempting to convey. When it comes to communication, smart is not defined as how big the words are that you use, but rather how effectively you communicate with your listeners or readers...
     
    02-29-2012, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Faceman    
I have a vocabulary that would choke a horse, but what makes me feel "smart" is when I can explain relatively complex concepts in simple enough terms that anyone can understand what I am attempting to convey. When it comes to communication, smart is not defined as how big the words are that you use, but rather how effectively you communicate with your listeners or readers...
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Teaching biochem to both undergrad and grad students I get to use a whole lot of words that are 'big people' words (canonical is a favourite of mine, as in "canonical signaling pathway with reference to TGF beta). It's one thing to say it, better if you understand it, but true understanding is demonstrated by an ability to explain it in lay terms, to recognise when your audience hasn't comprehended what you have said and then to try explaining it in a different way so that no-one is left behind
     
    02-29-2012, 02:52 PM
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Pffft

Debate is the art of confusing an opponent with big words. Sometimes that's the only way I win is because I sound smarter, LOL if I get myself in a tight spot, in order to win the competition I break out the vocabulary. Though I would much prefer to win off of my argument quality alone, sometimes it's not possible.
     

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