Poll: Do you use big words in conversations?
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View poll results: Do you use big words in conversations?
Yes, my vocab is on fleek
37 74%
No, I'm not a pretentious turd
7 14%
Only if I'm arguing so I can appear to know what I'm talking about
6 12%
Voters: 50.
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#1
Do you use them?


I don't mean for school or anything, but just in your regular interactions with people.


If so, why? Do you feel like it truly conveys your thoughts in a more precise manner, or is it really because you want to assert your mental superiority to your comrades in an deliberate obfuscation?
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#2
I have used the word obfuscation or some other derivative of it in conversation before.
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#3
It's wasteful to use a big word when you could use a small word instead

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#4
I try to use more appropriate words where possible but I'm not gounna use jargon or technical language unless we're having a conversation that warrants their use.
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#5
Yeah, I use 'epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkään' every day

Not sure if I spelled it right, but yeah. Definitely use it all the time
#6
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Yeah, I use 'epäjärjestelmällistyttämättömyydellänsäkään' every day


Every word is a big word in Finnish.
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#7
I try not to but sometimes one slips out. I can't hide this near-perfect GRE Verbal IQ yanno.
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#8
If I do, it's because it flows better in that particular context It's the same reason a musical composition uses phrase X instead of phrase Y. In the mind of the composer, phrase X sounds better than phrase Y would in the context of the piece. Same logic applies to spoken phrasing.

Plus certain words and phrases with the same meanings have different connotations. "Be quiet" and "shut up" both mean the same thing, but one has a harsher connotation than the other most of the time.
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#12
when I need them.
I am not a very eloquent speaker, but I would say I am pretty well read & generally good with written language (at least compared to a lot of people), so sometimes "big words" are just a part of how I think -- and, by extension, talk; so, in that sense, they convey my thoughts in a more precise manner. I do not use big words just to dazzle other people with the breadth of my vocabulary (rossencrantz).
#13
Definitely do. I like words that have a lot of specificity to them.

I've also been trying to swear a lot less lately. I realize that people who swear often seem to come off as unintelligent.
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#14
I sometimes use big words, mostly just to annoy people for my own amusement
I have nothing important to say
#15
Sometimes I'll talk about correlation or how how things correspond respectively. I don't try to sound like a wanker; I just talk how I think.
#16
I'm a big fan of ebullient, disingenuous and shibboleth.
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#18
My english teacher told people he would deduct marks for people who wrote "utilized" instead of "used"
#19
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Definitely do. I like words that have a lot of specificity to them.

I've also been trying to swear a lot less lately. I realize that people who swear often seem to come off as unintelligent.
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#21
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It's wasteful to use a big word when you could use a small word instead


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#22
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My english teacher told people he would deduct marks for people who wrote "utilized" instead of "used"



It's really irritating when teachers use their frivolous opinions as benchmarks or standards.

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#23
Yes
Yes
Why not?
Yes
Yes
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#24
Why mark down "utilize" it just means to use efficiently, particularly referring to tools

sounds like that teacher was a bit of a scharfpompenfuherer.
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#26
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I utilize the word utilize.
Marked down.
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#27
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Do you use them?


I don't mean for school or anything, but just in your regular interactions with people.


If so, why? Do you feel like it truly conveys your thoughts in a more precise manner, or is it really because you want to assert your mental superiority to your comrades in an deliberate obfuscation?


"an deliberate"?
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#28
Honestly I don't use big words intentionally, I think that doing that's just kinda lame. What I do use intentionally is poetic language. That shit's dope.
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#29
Nah we have the Welsh language instead.

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#31
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Marked down.

Once or twice though
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#33
I hate when people use a lot of complex words in a casual conversation. A lot of the time it's just unnecessary and makes it seem like they just want to show off and look smart. Save it for the novel you're never gonna write.
#35
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silen ženimo hrup,
uboga gmajna, le vpup, le vkup,
le vkup, le vkup z menoj,
staro pravdo v mrak tulimo,
da se pretulimo skozi to zimo
#37
"Creator, the alphabets let's communicate
When I translate the situation's straight
No dictionary's necessary to use
Big words do nothing but confuse and lose......"

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#38
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#39
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#40
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damn


Gozd in gora poj,
silen ženimo hrup,
uboga gmajna, le vpup, le vkup,
le vkup, le vkup z menoj,
staro pravdo v mrak tulimo,
da se pretulimo skozi to zimo
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