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Words to learn that will make one appear educated



(These two are French desserts, btw.)

by Anonymousreply 7012/03/2012

A truly educated person gets their point across using language that is accessible by their target audience.

Or, for OP: you gotta talk like the people you want to like you.

by Anonymousreply 112/01/2012

R1=espèce de crétin

by Anonymousreply 212/01/2012

OP, the only appropriate use of the word "melange" is in the term "spice melange".

by Anonymousreply 312/01/2012

R2, darling: On t'a bercé trop près du mur?

by Anonymousreply 412/01/2012

Frottage. Used here on DL. Makes me laugh when someone uses it.

by Anonymousreply 512/01/2012

[quote]A truly educated person gets their point across

Correction: A truly educated person gets his point across


Truly educated people get their points across

Didn't anyone ever teach you the difference between singular and plural, R1?

by Anonymousreply 612/01/2012

Bathos (but only in writing; you should never actually say it)

by Anonymousreply 712/01/2012

R6, did it ever occur to you I was putting my point into practice?

The best way to say what I wrote would be to simplify it even more:

"a truly educated person conveys a message using audience-appropriate language."

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by Anonymousreply 912/01/2012

R6, using "they" and "them" when referring to the singular in order to avoid having to use the awkward-sounding "his or her" is perfectly acceptable across the English-speaking world. How can you not know that?

by Anonymousreply 1012/01/2012

Fabulous. Scandulous.Malicious.

by Anonymousreply 1112/01/2012

Jejune. Meretricious.

by Anonymousreply 1212/01/2012

You should use "discharge" as often as possible.

I connotes meticulous breeding and taste.

As in,

"I'm afraid I shall have to discharge some of my servants due to their recurring tardiness."

Or, with with another meaning,

"Cheryl, you've obviously got some discharge running down your legs into your shoes because we can all smell it! Warsh yer goddamn cooch, cunt!"

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by Anonymousreply 1512/01/2012

OP, My all time favorite word is "recondite."

by Anonymousreply 1612/01/2012

egregious; postmodernism; fibromyalgia; gregarious; nefarious; niggardly

by Anonymousreply 1712/01/2012

r10, is correct!

by Anonymousreply 1812/01/2012

R10 is incorrect, as is R18's use of the comma.

Oh, and "pastiche" and "melange" are not French desserts, as I suspect the socially awkward troll OP knows perfectly well.

by Anonymousreply 1912/01/2012

[quote]using "they" and "them" when referring to the singular in order to avoid having to use the awkward-sounding "his or her" is perfectly acceptable across the English-speaking world. How can you not know that?

It is perfectly acceptable when you are speaking, but not when you are writing. And it's no longer necessary to do the awkward "his or her" thing--it's fine to use "his" once in awhile and "her" once in awhile. Or just make things plural if you can. Again, this only applies to writing.

Which I guess is what we do here on this board.

by Anonymousreply 2012/01/2012



"Forte," pronounced "fort."

by Anonymousreply 2112/01/2012

"They" and "them" are also used when someone is not certain of the gender they're dealing with, as in "Who was that on the phone? I don't know; they hung up." People use the plural even when they know they're actually referring to the singular.

R6 and R19 are grammar purists/schoolmarms who have no clue (or refuse to understand) how English is used in real life.

by Anonymousreply 2212/01/2012

Milieu. Frasier and Nile Crane loved that word.

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by Anonymousreply 2512/01/2012

[quote]It is perfectly acceptable when you are speaking, but not when you are writing

It's an internet message board - writing here resembles everyday speech.

by Anonymousreply 2612/01/2012


Long-lived (with a long i)


by Anonymousreply 2712/01/2012

Is forte really not pronounced like fortay?

If I say "legal analysis not my fort" will people laugh/correct me?

by Anonymousreply 2812/01/2012

R6=old-timey grandpa who hasn't evolved with non-sexist language.

by Anonymousreply 2912/01/2012

R21, I don't even use the "fort" pronunciation anymore because I'm tired of being (incorrectly) corrected.


by Anonymousreply 3012/01/2012



Investment income.

by Anonymousreply 3112/01/2012

It's bailiwick.




by Anonymousreply 3212/01/2012

This thread should be titled "Words to learn that will make one appear as if one wants to appear educated"

by Anonymousreply 3312/01/2012





by Anonymousreply 3412/01/2012

[quote]Is forte really not pronounced like fortay?

No, it's pronounced "fort," like "tarte" (as in "tarte tatin") is pronounced "tart."

by Anonymousreply 3512/01/2012

[R29] is a really really super bad editor who spends his (or her or their or whatever) days giving editing advice on Datalounge.

by Anonymousreply 3612/01/2012

[quote][R6] and [R19] are grammar purists/schoolmarms who have no clue (or refuse to understand) how English is used in real life.

English is often used incorrectly in real life, as I am well aware.

R20's got the right take on the his/her/their situation.

And r33 is correct about the title of this thread.

by Anonymousreply 3712/01/2012

"Fortay" has become the accepted pronunciation, that's what happens sometimes in language. Otherwise, like Latin, it dies. Deal with it, Marys!

by Anonymousreply 3812/01/2012

You bitches hard.

by Anonymousreply 3912/01/2012

[quote]Is forte really not pronounced like fortay?

Not in the sense of "strong suit." It's French, so it's "fort."

In the musical sense of "loud" it's Italian, so it's "for-teh."

by Anonymousreply 4012/01/2012

ostensibly copacetic douche

by Anonymousreply 4112/01/2012

Ain't nuthin wrong wit dat.

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by Anonymousreply 4312/01/2012

Has anyone watched any in-depth post Angie Brad Pitt interview?

It's almost painful to watch him try and squeeze in as many ten cent words as possible.

Someone with a naturally large vocabulary and good communication skills will use some big words but only to be more precise in conveying their point without it being forced. You need to know your audience and how to code switch when needed.

Stephen Fry is a good example of a great communicator who knows all the big words but isn't trying to impress, they are just a part of him.

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by Anonymousreply 4512/01/2012

Brad Pitt is an intellectual manqué, bless his heart.

And that mildly pejorative term is another way to show yourself as a smarty pants.

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by Anonymousreply 4912/01/2012

hagiographic schadenfreude eleemosynary savoir-faire marginalia uxorious vapid

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by Anonymousreply 5212/01/2012

cache'; sturm und drang; je ne sais quoi; vive le difference; bourgeois

by Anonymousreply 5312/02/2012


I win!

by Anonymousreply 5412/02/2012

false dichotomy

by Anonymousreply 5512/02/2012

R53, learn the difference between "cachet," and "cache," and their respective pronunciations.

by Anonymousreply 5612/02/2012

And while you're at it, R53, learn the difference between words, names of historical movements, and expressions.

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by Anonymousreply 5812/02/2012

What r26 said. It's perfectly acceptable in casual writing.

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by Anonymousreply 6012/02/2012


I should know.....I had plenty of them

by Anonymousreply 6112/02/2012

"According to Nate Silver..."

by Anonymousreply 6212/02/2012

lovely, persnickety, as well, cruciferious, bali hi.

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by Anonymousreply 6412/02/2012

R64 = a devotee of Barron's GRE study guides.

by Anonymousreply 6512/02/2012

The preferred pronunciation of valet rhymes with ballot.

The word valet came into English from Old French with the 't 'pronounced, because that is what Old French was like. Many years later as Middle French became modern French, the consonants at the end of word were dropped in French. However, by that time valet was in use in the English speaking world with the 't' pronounced. So speakers of French and English said it differently,

Sometime in the 19th century, pretentious English speakers wishing to sound learned and observing that the word looked like a French word, incorrectly started dropped the final 't'.

Forte for ones strong point sounds just like a fort soldiers use. The word forte in music pronounced for-tay and meaning loud is a completely different word.

by Anonymousreply 6612/03/2012

If you know forte is pronounced fort, say it correctly. If the person you're speaking with doesn't get it, too bad. Never lower yourself to the ignorant.

by Anonymousreply 6712/03/2012

If you're in a highwy diner and want strawberry crepes, do you say crapes in deference to the waitress?

by Anonymousreply 6812/03/2012

In a white table cloth Italian restaurant, the Italian-looking waiter said the specials included peh-NAY and NO-kee.

by Anonymousreply 6912/03/2012

R69 And broo-SHETT-a?

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