You may remember this technique from your time at school or college. Teachers often use it to encourage students to form their own conclusions and opinions.
While it may look like you’re trying to plunge deeper into the conversation, it’s also a great way to cover yourself if you really have no idea what the answer to a question is.
Finally, you may come across more intelligent by broadening your vocabulary. You may not sound as smart if you’re constantly re-using words such as ‘like’ in every sentence.
The Huffington Post conducted a survey through their Facebook page, asking fans to suggest words that they thought sounded smart.
The results were varied, leaving the following as the ‘smartest’ words to add to one’s vocabulary.
Paradoxically (Def: a statement or situation that may be true but seems impossible or difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics)
Oxymoron (Def: a phrase or statement that seems to say two opposite things, as in “jumbo shrimp” and “agree to disagree”)
Ennui (Def: a feeling of being bored and mentally tired caused by having nothing interesting or exciting to do)
Beleaguered (Def: having so many difficulties that you feel as if you are being attacked from every direction)
Exacerbate (Def: to make something that is already bad worse)
Didactic (Def: intended to teach, or to improve morals by teaching)
Anathema (Def: something that is considered completely wrong and offensive)
Logistics (Def: the careful organization of a complicated military, business, or other activity so that it happens in successful and effective way)
Quixotic (Def: having intentions or ideas that are admirable but not practical)
Non Sequitur (Def: a statement that does not relate in a clear, reasonable way to the previous statement)
Verisimilitude (Def: the quality of appearing realistic or true)
The running theme throughout these suggestions seems to be that they are, for the most part, fairly long words that are not commonly used in everyday conversation. This means that when they are suddenly dropped into a conversation, they may take the listener by surprise and ensure the speaker looks and sounds smart due to their wide vocabulary. Overall, it’s obvious there are a number of techniques you could use to make yourself sound smarter. All it takes is a quick search online and a little extra research, and you’ll be sure to be stating facts like a pro before you know it.