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11 words you didn’t know you needed

Enliven your conversation with some grossly underused words
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How’s this for a sad fact: most of us probably use fewer than 1000 of the same old words each and everyday. How boring! There are so many wonderful words out there, designed to convey our meaning like nothing else ever could, so why stick to the tried and true?

With that in mind, here’s a selection of eleven fun words to add to your lexicon posthaste! Our challenge to you is to try using one or more of them in a conversation over the coming days – hell, maybe even in your next email!

  1. Bellwether – a person or thing that shows the existence or direction of a trend; a person whom others blindly follow.
  2. Brouhaha – excited public interest or discussion; an uproar, turmoil, scuffle or disturbance.
  3. Crapulous – given to gross excess in drinking or eating (all of December)!
  4. Fartlek – a training technique used specifically among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternated with less strenuous activity.
  5. Flapdoodle – nonsense; bosh.
  6. Flump – to plump down suddenly or heavily, to flop.
  7. Hegira – a journey to a more desirable place (anywhere but here, right).
  8. Hugger-mugger – disorder or confusion; secrecy or concealment.
  9. Moonshot – a very challenging project or undertaking; an enterprise that’s extremely ambitious and innovative, often with a low chance of success.
  10. Saudade – a deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that’s absent.
  11. Velleity – a mere wish, unaccompanied by an effort to obtain it.

If you’re after more words to grow your fancy pants vocabulary, Dictionary.com has a ‘word of the day’ you can register for, and macquairedictionary.com has a ‘word of the year’ competition!

That’s enough flapdoodle from us for now – enjoy the rest of your day!

– The Coach Place Global

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