Life is beautiful, and we constantly come across things, people and places we adore. Additionally, we have so many conversations with a plethora of people on a daily basis. But using the same words to compliment and describe what you love makes the conversation or read a tad stagnated. Why not get an ‘adjective upgrade’ for your vocabulary to make the praiseworthy stuff sound unique and grandeur?
If you’re saying yes, then let’s dig deeper into the most common words, and get a better version out of them!
Goodness us, but I think this is one of the most overused adjectives today. ‘Oh my God! That place is beautiful’ or ‘You look the world’s most beautiful bride’ sound so regular, that it doesn’t hold the same impact anymore. While gorgeous and pretty are usual synonyms, why not switch beautiful with resplendent? Example:
Your resplendent look is to die for!
We have to face it, we are all mostly foodies now, and we do not miss out on a chance to try some unique stuff. When you visit someone’s place and really love a dish, saying delicious or tasty becomes much like an understatement. After all, every effort should get its due praise. Maybe we can switch to words like scrumptious, toothsome or even palatable. These words will come in handy especially if you are into writing or are a student. Example:
Martha makes the most scrumptious/toothsome cookies in the world.
One emotion that we just cannot rid off, can we? Either we are moody, or someone else around us is. While we cannot do anything about the mood, maybe we can make our vocabulary slightly more interesting. Consider replacing it with fretful, temperamental, glum, morose, and sulky (informal). Example:
Her temperamental/fretful/morose/glum/sulky nature has cost me yet another grand project.
You’ve just watched a horror movie, or have had a frightful experience which doesn’t qualify for the word ‘scary’. It was much more than that, and you need to look up the thesaurus to sound better. Not anymore, because you just need to add to words like paralyzed, petrified, and timorous to your personal dictionary. Example:
The movie was the most timorous one this director has ever made. It left me paralyzed in several scenes for I couldn’t move. I am too petrified to sleep tonight.
News, episodes, people, and sometimes even food, we find the strangest versions of these nowadays. So much that the word ‘strange’ surely needs a vocabulary upgrade! Dump the word for enhanced versions like outlandish, queer, and peculiar. Example:
I saw a collection of the most outlandish clothes in this new boutique near my home. The mismatched colors looked queer; I’m telling you, they have the most peculiar attires!
We have used ‘use’ so many times so far, that even this sentence seems like a bore. If you agree, then you can try newer words like exhaust, expend, consume, employ and utilize. Here’s how:
I’ve exhausted all the money I had on groceries. I had no clue that I would be expending so much on it.
The word ‘old’ does sound quite old, and we definitely need a better synonym list for this one. Primitive, feeble, ancient, outmoded, archaic, and conventional need some space in your vocabulary. Example:
The archaic methods of working in this company will not work anymore. The HR terms are outmoded, and we need to step out of our conventional zone.
Might I add here, that this example is not a suggestion to use them all up at once. It’s just to show how well it fits!
Strange is not the only thing that happens around us, there’s so much interesting taking place too. Then doesn’t the word itself require an ‘interesting’ transformation as well? You can utilize other positive adjectives like engrossing, gripping, enthralling, bewitching, enchanting, and even titillating(you might want to check before using this word to know if you are using it appropriately). Example:
I had the most enthralling conversation with George here. He is quite an enchanting man!
Did you ever imagine that the word ‘have’ can have more than one synonym? Well, it does. Switch it with acquire, possess, beget, own or contain. Example:
I own the grandest collection of earnings. My possessions are not for borrowing.
There are so many brave people and brave stories that we hear about almost every day, that using this word is just not enough. How about dauntless, gallant, valiant, intrepid, and heroic? Example:
Helen is very intrepid indeed; she managed the medical emergency situation dauntlessly.
Go for this amazing adjective upgrade and come across as someone with an enhanced vocabulary. If you are looking for more ways to improve your word bank, then you should check out this article.