This English language Cheat Sheet gives you some strategies to come out champion of any conversation. We first focus on an A to Z of impressive words to throw into your chat now and again. then follow these up with a few one-liner get-outs and steer-aways to ensure you can dig yourself out of any holes you may find yourself in.
Disarming Words: Meaning I’ll leave it to you find out:
Avarice, Borborygmus, Connive, Disestablishmentarionism, Erudite, Fractious, Gluttony, Hauteur, Inverterate, Jabberwack, Kismet, Lackadaisical, Malapropism, Nadir, Obtuse, Panacea, Qoph, Repudiate, Sycophant, Truculent, Umbrage, Vex, Wanton, Yack, Zenith
The next sets of phrases are there to get you out of a tight spot, for sometimes we all find ourselves a little out of our depth. Every single television personality has a tell, a filler word or phrase they employ while they try to figure out what to say on air without looking like a muppet. One of the most successful cable news hosts I’ve ever worked with uses exactly. My get-out-of-jail card is to say “on some levels, yes.” It buys enough time for me to figure out, under the X-ray that is the TV camera, how I’m going to steer the conversation to an area I want to talk about. And this is worth repeating: Never use the words like or you know. You are not an ignorant fool; you are an intelligent member of society. To buy time while you figure out how to respond: • Repeat the question. Use pauses and remark “good question” or “interesting point.” Direct the question to someone else.
Be vague if you’re unsure:
- “Recently”—could mean at any point in the past few years.
- “In my opinion.”
- “You’re being defensive.”
“Surely it’s no coincidence that the word listen is an anagram
of the word silent.”
- “I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception
- “Frankness is usually a euphemism for rudeness.”
To win a debate with a conservative:
- “A conservative is a politician who wants to keep what the
liberals fought for a generation ago.”
To win a debate with a liberal:
- “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone
with no heart. show me’ an old Liberal and I’ll show you
someone with no brains.” —Winston Churchill
- “The principal feature of American liberalism is sanctimoniousness
” —P. J. O’Rourke
When you’ve won a debate:
- “Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.”
- Shortest complete sentence in the English language is
‘Go.’ Shall we go to the bar?”
When you’re sinking:
- “Don’t take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.”
- “Being right is highly overrated. Even a stopped clock is right
twice a day.”
To end the debate and come out with some of your reputation intact:
- “Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.”
- “After all is said and done, more is said than done.”
On the very rare occasions you initially appear to have lost:
- “You can’t learn anything while you’re talking.
“Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should
be. Be one.” —Marcus Aurelius
I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree
with me, that’s not their job.
SOCIAL SURVIVAL STRATEGY
“After all is said and done, more is said than done.”
The above phrase will shut everyone up, but avail yourself of it
sparingly. You don’t want a reputation as a killjoy, you want to be
known for your sparkling chitchat.
The word xenon may save you at Scrabble one day.
Always important to commit a few good Scrabble words to memory; not using your phone to cheat will always be admired, if not
“I think we should all just follow Marcus Aurelius: ‘Waste no
more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.’ ”
Take the high road—this is cocktail conversation, not a GOP primary.