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speaking precisely You can express
yourself better if you learn the pr
oper words to use for each situatio
n. You can pick up these words by r
eading good books and articles. Jus
t be careful you don't pronounce so
mething incorrectly in your head, a
nd then speak that way in public. P
eople will think you're ignorant.

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You can express yourself better if
you learn the proper words to use f
or each situation.
You can pick up these words by read
ing good books and articles. Just b
e careful you don't pronounce somet
hing incorrectly in your head, and
then speak that way in public. Peop
le will think you're ignorant.

I remember listening to a radio tal
k show one time when a man called i
n and mispronounced a word. The gue
st, who disagreed with him, attacke
d his mispronunciation, and the hos
t was clearly embarrassed for him.
All in all, it was just an awkward
moment. And you definitely don't wa
nt to be initiating awkward moments
 while trying to drum up business.

Pronunciations do vary depending on
 your locale, so you could just say
 that's how it's pronounced where y
ou're from. But there are usually o
nly a few alternatives, and most ed
ucated people know of them.

You can learn proper pronunciation
by listening to intelligent people.
 If intelligent people are rare whe
re you live, buy some tapes or visi
t some podcast directories.
Some well-read people mispronounce
words they read all the time but ne
ver hear. If you found a great word
 in a book that you're not sure abo
ut, check it out at
 They have a pronunciation guide, a
nd, if you want toSpeak Precisely,
you can sign up for their premium s
ervice. They have a feature where y
ou can click on a word and hear the
 proper pronunciation.

At any rate, just make sure you kno
w how the word is pronounced and wh
at it means, before you use it. Not
hing sounds worse than someone usin
g big words out of context. There's
 nothing wrong with using big words
, though, as long as you're using t
hem correctly.

Of course, you should probably stic
k with the shorter, more common alt
ernative if one exists. Don't use a
 big word just because you know it.
 Only use a bigger word if it's the
 only word available to express exa
ctly what you mean. Most people hav
e very small vocabularies, and will
 tune you out if you start talking
over their heads.

If you're talking with experts, you
'll probably want to use shortcuts
(jargon). This can save time. Just
don't use jargon outside specific g
roups, because it'll sound like gib
berish to most people. You can lear
n this jargon by reading industry-s
pecific journals and visiting messa
ge boards.

Speaking precisely isn't that hard.
 Just use the right word at the rig
ht time. That knowledge will only c
ome with experience.



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