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5 words to add to your vocabulary

Vocabulary

Everything these days is either awesome or amazing. The overuse of words and inclusion of slang is leading us to steadily loosen our grasp of the English language. Learn some new words you can use on a daily basis, whether in your personal life or the professional domain.

Kerfuffle (noun)
Meaning: A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.
While it might sound like a made-up word, it’s definitely one that has been in the dictionary for a while. This tongue twister of a word is used quite commonly in British English. In a sentence: This morning there was quite a kerfuffle on the streets caused by the new construction site.
Discombobulate (verb)
Meaning: To disconcert or confuse [someone].
If you’re a fan of the Robert Downey Jr. version of Sherlock Holmes, then you’ve heard this word already. In the fight scene at the beginning of the first movie, he mentions the word while narrating his plan of attack. In a sentence: I think my new attitude definitely discombobulated my colleagues.
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Conundrum (noun)
Meaning: A confusing and difficult problem or question.
This is a word that most people use on a daily basis, but for those that don’t, your chance is now! It might look like a complicated word to pronounce, but if you word it out slowly, it’s a relatively simple word to say. Try it. In a sentence: Also, an interesting conundrum here at work today

Redoubtable (adjective)
Meaning: Awe-inspiring; worthy of honour.
The word itself ‘undoubtedly’ doesn’t sound positive, but interestingly, that is exactly what it means. It is meant to honour those that have changed your life. In a sentence: She was a redoubtable teacher.
Alacrity (noun)
Meaning: Eager and enthusiastic willingness.
You may not use this word every day, but you have to admit that it’s a word that is worth using at least once in a while; with more than a little alacrity. In a sentence: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.

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