Finesse Your Vocabulary with These Smart Words
By Sarah Rosenberg
It's an awkward feeling when someone uses a big word that you don't know. I like to avoid that uncomfortable feeling by constantly increasing my vocabulary. A big vocabulary makes one seem smarter, and makes the people around one feel smaller. Learning new vocabulary words should be a regular habit. The following is a small collection of good words you can quickly add to your word bank.
1.) Peckish (adj.)-hungry
Ex: After a rigorous workout, I feel peckish.
2.) Longueur (n.)-a boring passage in a piece of literature, or other work
Ex: I can't watch dramas--they're too full of longueurs.
3.) Peccadillo (n.)-a small or trivial offense
Ex: Becky's stealing my boyfriend was no peccadillo. But it's okay--revenge is sweet...
4.) Bobeche (n.)-a glass collar at the base of a candlestick used for catching wax
Ex: Darling, place some bobeches on this candelabra; I don't want to ruin my Bloomingdale's tablecloth.
5.) Sororal (adj.)-sisterly
Ex: It was certainly not sororal when Peggy spread Jane's secret. Plus, whether Jane made out with a hotdog is her business.
6.) Tawny (adj.)-amber or amber-brown colored
Ex: I love fall's tawny leaves!
7.) Assuage (v.)-1.) to make a negative feeling subside
Ex: Ironically, I assuaged my sadness about my fat body by eating junk food.