How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World
Book Review: Chapter Two
Words, Words, Words: It’s very important that we’re aware of the words we use to express ourselves. Like Jordan Christy said, “People are constantly making assumptions about our character based on our daily tête-à-têtes, our uncensored musings, and our friendly chit-chat.”
Anyone can overhear a conversation or read a Facebook comment. Those words will almost always affect someone’s perception of you and your character. Being perceived positively can have a huge impact on the people around you. When you’re a bright shiny light, others will see you as inspiration and will want to be shiny lights too. Positivity can be just as contagious as negativity.
So, choose your words wisely and remember that swear words aren’t classy. If you regularly use the F-word as a verb, adverb, adjective, and noun (yes, it’s a very versatile word), then you’ve probably given lot of different people the impression that you’re insolent and crude. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want those two words to describe me.
I also wouldn’t want to be thought of as ignorant. Would you? I didn’t think so. That’s why it’s so important to fully understand the words we use in our everyday conversations.
One word that I hear misused a lot is “literally.” It makes me giggle inside when someone tells me, “I literally jumped ten feet” or “I literally flew down the 405.” I just imagine silly cartoon versions of them doing those things. Two other things that make me shake my head (and I know I’m not alone in this) are when I hear someone say, “supposebly” instead of “supposedly” or write “there” when they mean “they’re” or “their.” Mistakes happen, but when it happens a lot it can make others check out of the conversation (no matter how important the subject is).
It’s not just the inappropriate or misused words that can make us sound unintelligent. It’s the slang and filler words too (the likes, whatevers, and umms). Every generation has their slang terms and they’re often nearly impossible to avoid. I mean… it’s hard not to say, “cool” and “yeah” every now and again. With that being said… there are a plethora of slang terms that are a bit ridiculous for everyday conversation and should be avoided. #Snatched
Follow Jordan’s advice and avoid the “Stupid Girl” persona by developing a vocabulary that extends past layman’s terms. Get educated so you have more to talk about than celebrity gossip, TV shows, and what’s happening on Facebook.
If you need to change your persona and increase your knowledge… start small.
Three Things to Try this Week
1.) Replace swearwords with less offensive words like dangit or shoot.
2.) Get a word of the day calendar or screen saver and try using the word in a sentence that day.
3.) Replace one TV show with a documentary or the news. Watching TEDTalks online or on Netflix is a fantastic place to start and there are many interesting topics to choose from.