You learn something new everyday — so why not show it off? Master this list of less-used but lovely words and sprinkle them into conversation to dazzle your colleagues, friends and family in no time.
This charming word refers to destiny or fate, although it’s typically used when describing positive fortunes, such as, “It was kismet that I met my husband.”
This delightful word, meaning to leave hurriedly and secretly, has an Old English feeling and Latin origins from ab, meaning away, and condere, meaning stow. If you’re nabbing the last doughnut in the breakroom tomorrow, consider yourself absconding with a sweet treat.
The next time a friend spouts off some seemingly profound saying in the midst of giving you advice, you may call it gnomic. The word is used to describe something short that is spoken or written, but with a mysterious meaning that’s not easily understood.
So the official definition of this word is “like a pedant,” but it’s synonymous with words like precise or fussy. On a base level you might call your know-it-all coworker pedantic, but you’ll really impress people when you apply it to a sixteen-page magazine article on the origins of Baby Shark.
You may have heard the expression, “everywhere and anywhere,” but what about when? Dating back to the 17th century, this less-popular word refers to all the time or always.
If you’re feeling blissed out, reach for this Zen word that’s as fun to say as what it represents: an idyllically happy, peaceful time in the past.
From Ariana Grande’s pipes to the dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman playing God, mellifluous refers to anything that sounds positively sweet, like honey for the ears.
Know someone prone to mood swings? They may be experiencing a paroxysm, or a sudden, intense expression of emotion.
The bus is late. The boss turned down your vacation request. Your date stood you up. If you’re so full of rage you can hardly move, you may very well be feeling apoplectic.
If you’re having a supremely engaging conversation, lost in a book, or simply dazzled by someone or something, they may have some scintillating qualities you can’t ignore. Meaning “sparkling or shining brightly,” or “brilliantly and excitingly clever,” both definitions of this word are equally appealing.
Opulent is one of the original ways to describe a plush setting that’s dripping with luxury. Use it to describe luxuriant interior design, the lavish interior of a limo, or a sparkling piece of jewelry.
This delightful word will put a smile on your face every time you use it. It means giving off bubbles or vivacious and enthusiastic. It’s perfect to describe both a fizzy drink or an animated colleague in short order.
You may be guilty of conflating things without even realizing. The word means to combine two things together. For example, bringing together your memories with a historical account of an event.
This cheerful word is ideal for describing anyone with a spunky, can-do attitude. It’s no wonder then, that Forrest Gump’s name is analogous to the definition of having “shrewd or spirited initiative or resourcefulness.”