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15 Words Dumb People Use To Try To Sound Smart

Some people use annoying words and phrases only to sound intelligent. The irony is they end up sounding stupid!

A netizen recently asked, “What words do dumb people use to try to sound smart?”. Below, we’ve curated the most interesting responses!

THE REALITY IS

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“My coworker is an idiot and constantly says ‘the reality is’ followed by something she’s dead wrong about, and our bosses always call her out on it. She still does it.” 

PER SE

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“It’s not the particular words because every idiot is different. But what seems to be the same is that they’ll latch on to something like ‘per se’ and then proceed to spend the next year making sure it’s in every other sentence incorrectly.

After a while, you’ll find yourself looking it up to make sure you’re not the idiot who didn’t realize the word had many definitions (don’t worry, you’ll be right, just driven a little mad).” 

I DIGRESS

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“They say ‘I digress’ every other sentence.” 

MYSELF 

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“They say ‘myself’ instead of ‘me.’ It’s practically a meme where I work.” 

PARTAKE 

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“Every drug addict I’ve ever met uses the word ‘partake.’ Half of my students thought the definition of ‘partake’ was ‘to smoke pot.'” 

SYNERGY 

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“Synergy. Sounds like the devil’s energy drink.” 

MOUTH FEEL AND FLAVOR PROFILE

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“From the Food Network; ‘Mouth Feel’ and ‘Flavor Profile.’ It’s texture and taste, you pretentious weirdos.”

WHILST

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“Whilst. It was nowhere, then it was everywhere. Just say ‘while’ people!” said one.

“This word makes me feel like I’m hanging with a bunch of gentlemen in the 1700s, to hell with that!” another added. 

NARCISSISTIC GASLIGHTER 

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“The TikTok generation loves to throw the term ‘Narcissistic Gaslighter’ out as often as possible while having no clue what either word means.” 

OBJECTIVELY 

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“‘Objectively’ has become the go-to word for dumb people who finally gained a little self-awareness about how much they use the word ‘literally.'” 

BUT, ALAS

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“‘But, alas.’ Come on! Pick one or the other. Don’t use two words in a row that are the same.” 

LITERALLY 

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“Literally. Almost always in the wrong context.”

HENCE 

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“Hence. It’s misused 99.9% of the time by people saying ‘hence why.'” 

PENULTIMATE 

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“Penultimate. It’s fine if used correctly, but most people think it just means ‘super ultimate’ or something.”

PLETHORA 

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“Plethora. Seriously, what’s wrong with just saying ‘a lot.'” 

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This article was originally published on Mrs. Daaku Studio.