Y ou can express yourself better
if you learn the proper words to use for each
You can pick up these words by reading good books
and articles. Just be careful you don't pronounce
something incorrectly in your head, and then speak
that way in public. People will think you're ignorant.
you can click on a word and hear the proper
At any rate, just make sure you know how the word is
pronounced and what it means, before you use it.
Nothing sounds worse than someone using big words
out of context. There's nothing wrong with using big
words, though, as long as you're using them
I remember listening to a radio talk show one time
when a man called in and mispronounced a word. Of course, you should probably stick with the shorter,
The guest, who disagreed with him, attacked his more common alternative if one exists. Don't use a
mispronunciation, and the host was clearly big word just because you know it. Only use a bigger
embarrassed for him. All in all, it was just an awkward word if it's the only word available to express exactly
moment. And you definitely don't want to be initiating what you mean. Most people have very small
awkward moments while trying to drum up business. vocabularies, and will tune you out if you start talking
over their heads.
Pronunciations do vary depending on your locale, so
you could just say that's how it's pronounced where If you're talking with experts, you'll probably want to
you're from. But there are usually only a few use shortcuts (jargon). This can save time. Just don't
alternatives, and most educated people know of use jargon outside specific groups, because it'll
them. sound like gibberish to most people. You can learn
this jargon by reading industry-specific journals and
You can learn proper pronunciation by listening to visiting message boards.
intelligent people. If intelligent people are rare where
you live, buy some tapes or visit some podcast Speaking precisely isn't that hard. Just use the right
directories. word at the right time. That knowledge will only come
Some well-read people mispronounce words they
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