OnlineCollege.org compiled this supreme (wink wink) list of words that you could/should be using instead of cheap imitations. I happen to like words like “epic” and “fail,” but yeah these are some really cool substitutions. Here are my favorites from this list:
- Blunder: For the love of grammar, “fail” is not a noun. On the other hand, “blunder” works as both a noun and a verb. How supreme.
- Triumph: Instead of “FTW,” you can say, “For The Triumph!” We bet you money you can’t say it without feeling like Maximus
- Fidus Achates: More than some internet acquaintance, a fidus Achates (“FEED-us uh-KAH-tays”) is a true friend. It’s like “BFF” in Latin.
- Fancy: It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to “fancy” a link or status update for which you wish to show appreciation.
- Piquant: If you simply must inform the world how scrumptious the food you are currently eating is, please refrain from saying “nom nom nom.” Use this descriptor instead to convey appetizing flavor.
- Ergo: Starting a status update with “so” is nonsensical because “so” means “therefore.” But if you’re going to use “so” correctly, “ergo” works just as well.
- Assiduous: Don’t bother telling employers you are “dynamic;” everyone they’ve interviewed has been dynamic. But if you want an original way to tell them you are hardworking, use this.
- Henceforth: For some reason, “going forward” has caught on as a tack-on to the end of serious statements to make them sound more complete. We’re not sure how you can go any way but forward, but at least use “henceforth” instead.
- Withal: You’re not still using “irregardless” are you? Make the point of “nevertheless” with withal, a great word that people will think you misspelled.
- Opined: “Said” is perfectly functional and perfectly acceptable and perfectly boring. If someone is giving their opinion, say they “opined.”
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