Want to sound smart? You don't need to use big words . . . just cut out five shorter words that make you SOUND STUPID. Three of them are words we misuse to try to make sentences have more impact: "Actually," "basically," and "literally". One of them makes us look like everything we've said in the past was dishonest . . . "honestly." And the fifth one is "like," which we use just like "um."
It's REALLY important to sound smart today. Because you need to separate yourself from the people who leave comments on YouTube videos. That should be your only goal in life.
--According to a website called FirstToKnow, you don't need to use big words to sound smart . . . you just need to cut these five short words out. Because, quote, "they make you sound stupid." Here you go . . .
--Actually. We use it to add an extra "punch" to a sentence . . . but it's only supposed to mean something that's present, or exists in reality.
--Basically. You should only use it when you're truly simplifying something complicated. Otherwise it's just another word people use incorrectly to add more punch.
--Honestly. When you say "honestly," you're subtly implying that everything you've said up to that point has been dishonest or embellished.
--Like. We all slip this in along with "um" and "uh" WAY too often.
--Literally. We use "literally" way too much when we REALLY mean "figuratively." Literally only applies to something that is 100% true and not exaggerated.