This title is laser focused on making you sound smarter
become more respected by using them. Simply systematically eliminated words
that did meet this model that are perfectly good words for other purposes.
First excluded were slang and popular culture words such as angst, avant-garde,
Catch 22, kitsch, red herring, and white elephant. These are all useful words
to know, just not in this context. Then eliminated were those words whose
meanings are often misconstrued such as disinterested and
complement/compliment. And finally eliminated were those words that sound
awkward in speech such as accolade, baroque, epiphany, philistine, tete-a-tete,
tryst, unrequited, and waft. Included words must sound appropriate, work
seamlessly, and not be "show off" words. The final test is the words
had to be those that people nodded slightly at when heard because they enhanced
meaning and not elicit a slight grimace. So we worked hard to eliminate grimace
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