Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Want to look smart? Don’t say this

“You’re smart, well-respected, good at your job. Then it happens — you say something that makes you look rather dumb. ‘We’re all tempted to use words that we’re not too familiar with,’ wrote Bradberry in his post 20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb. Those words aren’t the problem. “It’s the words that we think we’re using correctly that wreak the most havoc. We throw them around in meetings, emails and important documents… and they land like fingernails across a chalkboard on everyone who has to hear or read them.”

The trouble is, we often don’t realise we’re using them incorrectly. So, what are the commonly confused words that make you look bad? Bradberry offers eight pairs that trip people up.”

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