Vocab Builder: Fifty-Cent Words

Last week, I mentioned my love of lyrics that use fifty-cent words. According to Merriam-Webster, a fifty-cent word is “an obscure word used to describe a simple idea thus making the user self-important.” Despite the negative connotation, I don’t think using such words is always a bad thing. They can help you say what you mean and challenge your reader, just a bit. So this week, some big, rare words to add spice to your writing.

Hungry for more? Check out “Fifty-Cent Words: A Vocabulary Words Quiz” and “More 50-Cent Vocabulary Words” on WordPlay.

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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