10 Words you need to sound smart at work in English
10 Words you need to sound smart at work in English


There are a lot of things people do not know aboutworkplaces. These things are very minor that it is overlooked always. One of these things is the words we choose to use at our place of work. You might notknow this but the words you choose to use at your workplace contribute to whyyou are respected and why for some, people do not like hanging around you. This is the impact of your words.

So, what words will make you sound smarter and morerespected?

Truth, there is way too many, but let's just getstarted with nine of them.

1.      Mundane/adjective/: It means, lacking interest orexcitement, or dull. If you're trying not to offend someone you work with whenyou want to give a response to them saying something uninteresting or boring,use the word, 'mundane' instead. It's a much nicer way to get the same messageacross.

2.      Accolade/noun/: This refers to an acknowledgment, award,or privilege giving to an individual. Have you ever noticed that the most popular word of acknowledgment that we tend to use is 'congratulations'? Which is whyit is often better to say something that separates you from the bunch. Usingthe word 'accolade' for example will get you that.

3.      Capricious/adjective/: Have you ever noticed a sudden change in a co-worker's mood or behavior? You've often referred to it as actingfunny or mood swings, haven't you? Well, a much better way to describe such aperson will be saying they're being 'capricious.'

4.      Disheveled/adjective/: Another word for disheveled isuntidy, or unkempt. So, let's assume someone you work with comes in with dirtyhair or rough clothing, an alternate to telling them how they look is by using the word 'disheveled'. It sounds fancy, doesn't it?

5.      Elucidate/verb/: This means, to make clear, to shine.  Often while talking to our co-workers or even bosses and we'd like them toexplain something, we just use the everyday 'explain'. But to sound moreprofessional, you should use the word 'elucidate'. It's sterner and it commands attention.

6.      Exacerbate/verb/: Sounds like a Harry Potter spell,doesn't it? But no, this unlike many of Harry's spell doesn't mean something good. The word means to 'make things worse'. For example, the reason I'm enlightening you about all of these words is so that you will not 'exacerbate'when your words put you in a little bit of a ruffle at work

7.      Quintessential/adjective/: Quintessential can be used as analternative for perfection. Let's assume your boss is adamant on a projectbeing absolute, one hundred percent perfect, and you have to tell your team members. You can say your boss would like the project to be 'quintessential'.

8.      Ubiquitous/adjective/: What's that thing you can find everywhere? That thing that always seems to be everywhere you go. When tryingto describe that thing, you can say it is 'ubiquitous'.

9.      Perfunctory/adjective/: You'd think the word means something good. But it is in fact, the opposite. It means 'careless','superficial', 'hasty' etc. So, next time you want to say someone is beingcareless at work, say they're being 'perfunctory'.

I hope you were able to take something away from thisvery short lesson. Remember, the key to good relationships is choosing theright words.