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Avoid These 10 Words If You Want to Sound Smarter

‘Irregardless’ is a no-no.

Being a great conversationalist or writer doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be eloquent, charismatic, bright, and engaging. Whether you want to sound intelligent for a job application, for a date, or for your everyday dealings, our list should help you.

Below are 10 words you ought to avoid to sound a whole lot smarter. Keep them in mind!

1. Really and very

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We’re not saying you should get rid of modifiers altogether, but there are better and more concrete words to use when expressing your ideas. Instead of saying ‘really smart,’ you can say ‘brilliant.’ Instead of ‘very good,’ you can use ‘excellent.’

2. Literally

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The word’s meaning and usage have changed over the years. Today, it is being used to mean ‘figuratively.’ Using ‘literally’ for emphasis and exaggeration is weak and makes no sense. For example, saying, ‘The book literally transported me to the past,’ is not sensible.

3. Irregardless

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‘Irregardless’ has been so misused that it has ended up in the dictionary. While it’s technically considered a word, grammarians still advise to use ‘regardless’ instead.

4. Period

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Some people make the mistake of using this word as a punctuation but saying it out loud. Remember not to mix up the rules of written and spoken language.

5. Detail-oriented

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This is something often seen in resumes. Remember: You can either be a detailed or an oriented person. There is no need to put the two words together.

6. Actually and basically

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Using ‘actually’ and ‘basically,’ depending on the way they are said, can make you sound pompous. In most cases, these words don’t serve any special purpose in the sentence. Take them out, and you should still be able to make your point.

7. Virtually

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It’s a common mistake to interchange ‘virtually,’ ‘actually,’ and ‘nearly.’ Unless the word ‘virtually’ refers to virtual reality techniques, don’t use it.

8. ‘Til

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Many style guides advise against using this non-word even if most people consider it a contraction of the word ‘until.’ We say just stick to either ’till’ or ‘until’ when writing.

9. Though

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You often hear this word attached to the end of sentences of younger people. It is commonly used today as a punctuating word. If your thought remains unchanged with the omission of this word, then it’s best to leave it out.

10. Anyways

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‘Anyways’ is an actual word first used in the 13th century to mean ‘to any degree at all.’ Today, however, it is already an obsolete term. Just stick to ‘anyway’ to sound smarter.

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‘Coldest Village’ on Earth Breaks Town Thermometer and Freezes Eyelashes

And yet people and students still go to work and school, respectively.

Oymyakon is unlike any village in the world. It is where students are still expected to attend class despite temperatures reaching -52 degrees Celsius. The remote Siberian village is deemed as the coldest – yet permanently habited – settlement in the planet.

Recently, its temperature has just reached -62 degrees Celsius. The cold is much stronger than ever. Not only is it gripping legs, it is also turning people’s eyelashes into icicles. According to the official weather station, the “pole of cold” has recorded -59 degrees Celsius, though the thermometer claimed a reading of -62 degrees Celsius.

The device even stopped working as soon as it reached its painful mark, though some locals claim a temperature as low as -68 degrees Celsius. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, the village was known to be a stopover for herders of reindeers. They used the place to water their flocks from the thermal spring.

The Soviet government wanted its nomadic population to put down roots. This resulted to making Oymyakon a permanent settlement.

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Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends

The best dad ever!

When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything needed before going to school. And one of these was our home lunch. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.

For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.

Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day. But for Dominick, it is without a doubt lunch.

Check out his lunch bag drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!

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Secrets Revealed Behind Striking Tattoos of Captured Yakuza Boss

Unfortunately, if you’re a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.

Tattoos are forever, unless you will have your ink lasered out. For members of the Yakuza, in particular, tattoos are indeed for life. Unfortunately, if you're a Yakuza hiding from the law, your ink can get you into trouble.

Yakuza boss Shigeharu Shirai learned this the hard way when he got arrested after pictures of his tattoos spread on social media. Shirai, who has been hiding for 14 years in Thailand, is a suspect for the shooting of Kashihiko Otobe, the deputy leader of a rival gang.

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