10 Phrases You Need to Eliminate From Your Vocabulary to Instantly Sound Smarter

It will literally, like, change your life.

Liv Mello
Change Becomes You
Published in
8 min readJan 11, 2021

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The English language is on life support, hanging on by a mere thread of spellchecks and the last few surviving attention spans. It has endured years of abuse by strict character counts and the butchered slang of popular culture. Social media is ruthless, and the distorted lingo of funny GIFs and trending memes is slowly seeping into our everyday language.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Marie Clair of the Plain English Campaign explained, “young people create their own language because they don’t want to sound like stuffy adults.” But what happens when adults start using teen-speak? Who’s left to preserve the English language? And if the majority of people are using these phrases, does that make them valid?

Listen, I get it. I, too, appreciate abbreviations to speed up a text. I also understand that symbols have been used as a form of communication since the prehistoric days of cave painting. But what started as harmless cyber-slang might be morphing into a much greater beast.

Don’t let words prevent you from being taken seriously or saying what you mean.

When we use these phrases, we risk appearing less intelligent than we are. Take the viral math girl from TikTok, for example. She asked some really interesting questions about the origins of math but because she used some of the following phrases, she was bashed by the internet. These words are unintentionally dumbing down perfectly intelligent people. And as much as people’s opinions of you shouldn’t matter, ultimately they do. They dictate the way we interact with the world and the way the world interacts with us.

People’s perception of you is based on your behavior. While you shouldn’t care what anyone thinks, I think it’s safe to say that most people do. Either way, consider this. Is popular culture stripping you of your individuality? Society is a machine. We enter the machine as unique individuals with the ability to think and speak for ourselves, until we’re spit out the other end as clones, mimicking cringy phrases that don’t actually mean anything.

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Liv Mello
Change Becomes You

Freelancing advice and figuring out how to be happy. Check out my work at livmello.com