Inside Doug's Head

I am not a number, I am… What's that stuff they make glue out of? I'm that. Forever swirling, forwards and upwards, but always sticky. Sometimes, a little sad.

So, there is this list that enumerates ten words smart people often use, implying that if you are a smart person you would use them, too. The article’s central thesis is counter-intuitive and unsupported by any orderly reasoning. If smart people use these words (and these words are not sagacious, loquacious, or sesquipedalian), then in a very short matter of time, one of the smart people would repeat the list as Ten Words Used by Idiots to Appear Intelligent, and they would immediately stop being used by smart people. Their speech patterns would be forever hobbled, because the list of words includes the common ones such as if, could, yes, and, and their own name. Try as you might, it is difficult to find a cinnamon for your own name, unless your name happens to be a baby kangaroo.

At its essence, the list of smart people words is a desperate cry for attention by a dumb person trying to appear smart, so I left the following (sour) comment: Total drivel from a weak mind. Individual words by themselves carry no context and convey no emotional intent. Here are all the ‘good’ words in one sentence: “IF you had a brain, you COULD figure out that, YES, there are people out there who put meaningless word lists TOGETHER, and they don’t even THANK YOU when you CHOOSE TO read AND share them, even though they should BECAUSE (YOUR NAME) WILLINGLY increases their ad revenue.”

But, that got me a thinkin’. Maybe I could get some attention if I were to identify some of the bad words that should never be used during an interview, or any other time when you need to appear erudite. So, I made up my own list, in no particular order, and here it is.

  1. Psychosis
  2. Abuse
  3. Harassment
  4. Misconduct
  5. Trial
  6. Negligent
  7. Endangerment
  8. Depraved
  9. Parole
  10. Registered

See if you can use them all in a single sentence. My history of psychosis and substance abuse resulted in charges for harrassment and misconduct, which a trial determined that I was negligent for reckless endangerment and depraved indifference, and as a condition of my parole, I have to be registered with the local constabulary.


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