Get Informed: 10 Words That Shouldn’t Miss In Your Vocabulary.

Get Informed: 10 Words That Shouldn’t Miss In Your Vocabulary.

10 Words That Shouldn’t Miss In Your Vocabulary

It has often been said that your words portray who you are therefore one must develop ones vocabulary to its peak. How you speak, what you say, has its way of making people see you in a new light as either someone with a low IQ or a high IQ. There are times when you have no idea about a certain topic or issue but your words and how you comport yourself make people believe that you are a master in that given field. The importance of vocabulary development cannot be overemphasized due to the current developments and rapid growth of the nations of the world. In order to matter in the world right now you have to be a master of words or else you would end up a laughing stock for the nation or a comedy topic.

It is sometimes impossible to sit down with a dictionary and decide to learn thousands of words in a sitting but it is more realistic to pick up a few words per day, little by little over a period of time your word bank begins to fill up and as an individual you begin to gain more confidence to speak in any gathering of intelligent people.

Also an important fact not to be overlooked is “reading”. You get to increase your word bank through reading, you come across new words when you read books, journals, articles, and so on. When you come across these new words you look them up in the dictionary, find their meanings, understand it in context and add them to your word bank. This also helps in vocabulary development.

Moving on, there are some basic words that shouldn’t be missing in your vocabulary in order to portray yourself as an intelligent individual some of these words are:


1. Elucidate


 e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing, e·lu·ci·dates



Elucidate is defined as to make something clear.

An example of elucidate is for a student to explain why he has been behaving oddly.

“To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify”. To explain or clarify something: 

She gave a one-word answer and refused to elucidate any further.

 More important still is the application of Semitic study to elucidate the Gospels


Origin of elucidate

Late Latin ēlūcidāre ēlūcidāt-Latin ē-, ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . Latin lūcidus bright (from lūcēre to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.)

Related Forms:

  • e·lu′ci·da′tion (Noun)
  • e·lu′ci·da′tive (Adjective)
  • e·lu′ci·da′tor (Noun)



2. Malaise


  1. A vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness.
  2. A general sense of depression or unease: “The markets remain mired in a deep malaise” ( New York Times )

Origin of malaise

French from Old French mal- mal- aise ease; see ease.



  1. A feeling of general bodily discomfort, fatigue or unpleasantness, often at the onset of illness
  2. An ambiguous feeling of mental or moral depression
  3. Ill will or hurtful feelings for others or someone.


3. Perfunctory

  1. done without care or interest or merely as a form or routine; superficial: a perfunctory examination
  2. without concern or solicitude; indifferent: a perfunctory waitress

“The man signs the documents in a perfunctory manner because he has done this task many times.”

Origin of perfunctory

Late Latin perfunctorius from Classical Latin perfunctus, past participle of per fungi, to get rid of, discharge from per-, intensive + fungi, to perform: see function


4. Quid pro quo

  1. one thing in return for another
  2. something equivalent; substitute
  1. An example of quid pro quo is when you cover for your friend in a lie in exchange for him covering for you later.
  2. An example of quid pro quo is a boss who offers his secretary a raise if she will kiss him.


Origin of quid pro quo

Something for something


5. Scintillating


The definition of scintillating is something fascinating or brilliantly clever.

“Daphne was attracted to Blake because their scintillating dialogue showed her his true personality.”

Fast-paced, witty and clever dialogue on a favored TV show is an example of something that would be described as scintillating


6. Sycophant

a person who seeks favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; parasite; toady

“She became a real sycophant when she wanted her boss to provide a good referral.”

Origin of sycophant

Classical Latin sycophanta from Classical Greek sykophant?s, informer, literally , maker of the sign of the fig from sykon, fig + phainein, to show: see fantasy



7. Vamoose

to leave hurriedly

Originally derived from the Spanish word vamos, which means “let’s go,” modern usage takes it up a notch: When it’s time to vamoose, danger is probably imminent.

“I don’t know how a snake got in the room either, but we’ll talk about it later. Vamoose, man, vamoose!”


8. Tryst

A private romantic rendezvous between lovers, a meeting between two people who are having a romantic relationship especially a secret one…

“No, we never officially dated. We just had the occasional tryst.



9. Obtuse

Stupid and slow to understand, or unwilling to try to understand…

“Don’t worry, he’s too obtuse to realize we’re talking about him


10. Quagmire

A difficult and a dangerous situation, difficult situations and unpleasant circumstances…

“Until he pays off the IRS, Bob’s in one heck of a financial quagmire.”

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