Note to self: Work these cool words into daily conversation as much as possible.
1. Ballsy – There aren’t many words that roll off of your tongue as nicely as ballsy does. But even better than the special feeling you get when you say it, is what dictionary.com gave as an example of its usage: a ballsy gal who isn’t afraid of anyone. Perfect.
2. Pussy – We all know that Cool Broads aren’t pussies, but I rather like the word pussy in and of itself. Not as a reference to a rather sensitive part of the female anatomy (that’s still a bit unseemly), but as a great way to describe someone who’s acting like a big fat baby (for instance, when your husband refuses to eat the banana slice you dropped on the floor, even though you picked it up within 3 seconds).
3. Bloody – Though this intensifier is used commonly in Australia and Britain…you don’t hear it in the U.S. much (unless someone is mimicking a Brit or an Aussie). But I’d like to see that change, partially because I need a good, kid-friendly alternative to the F-word (though apparently “bloody” used to be quite offensive, it’s not so much anymore) but also because I think it sounds cool. (i.e., You bloody wanker!)
4. Attractive – This adjective can be used to describe so many things (i.e., an attractive offer, an attractive outfit, an attractive man) and it’s quite educated-sounding to boot (unlike, Dude, he’s so hot!). It’s also unisex so you can remark to someone what attractive children they have and cover both the girls and the boys in one fell swoop.
5. Poppycock – In my opinion, there are so many things in this world that are rubbish, nonsense, or crap…and poppycock is a good way to express your distaste for something. But on second thought, I might like poppycock because it has “cock” in it…and that’s one of my favorite words too.
6. Cattywonkers – I couldn’t find this word in the dictionary and that’s just poppycock. Everyone needs a word to describe something that’s out of control, whether it be your hair, your household, or your mind. And because cattywonkers pretty much sounds like what it is, I find that even when my life is complete cattywonkers, I never have to search for the word…cattywonkers.
7. Tangential – When I use this word I feel smart. Why? Because if I remark about something being tangential to the conversation at hand, I’m either a) paying attention and am smart enough to keep up, b) highly intelligent and can’t be bothered with comments that don’t pertain to the current topic, or c) at the very least probably scored highly on the verbal part of my SATs.
8. Misled – Okay, this word is a good one, but only if you pronounce it MY way…My-zuld. Misled. Doesn’t that just sound better?
9. Putz – Again, a good alternative to the A-word, the J-word, the B-word and the M-word. Though it’s kid friendly, it still makes you feel good when you call the jerk in the BMW who cut you off a putz, even when you really want to rip the cell-phone from his ear and shove it up his ass.
10. Super – One of the things I picked up while living in Pittsburgh (in addition to a fanatical love for the Steelers) was using this word to put a little more umphff into my descriptive words. (i.e., I saw a movie last night that was super funny and the star was super cute, but when I got home I was super tired.) “Super” is comparable to my Yankee cousin’s’ use of the word “wicked”.
Do you have any favorites?
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