A simple way to express yourself more clearly and be more successful is to improve your vocabulary. If you’re a writer, learning and using new vocabulary will improve the dynamism of your work. Choosing which words to learn from the over one million words in English, however, can be a daunting task. We’ve done the legwork for you and selected five truly stunning words that will add vigor to your speech and writing.
1 Ephemeral adjective Lasting for a very short time My feelings about him were ephemeral; they left as quickly as they arrived.
2 Imbroglio noun (plural: imbroglios) An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation When the fully booked hotel allowed someone else with the same name to check into our room, it took several hours for us to maneuver the imbroglio.
3 Mellifluous adjective (Of a sound) pleasingly smooth and musical to hear Adele’s voice is mellifluous.
4 Nefarious adjective Flagrantly wicked or impious: evil Alan Rickman was famous among younger audiences for playing the nefarious Snape; older audiences will remember him as Hans Gruber from Die Hard.
5 Propinquity noun Nearness of blood: kinship Nearness in place or time: proximity Despite our propinquity, my sister and I don’t know each other very well.
When you use these new words with people who don’t know them, turn the exchange into a mini–vocabulary lesson and show them the value of learning new words. You’re not being pretentious; you’re helping others to become more successful.