Words at Play : Simple But Intelligent Word Choices, Vol. 2
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#1: Paradigm

Long and exotic words (like defenestration or sesquipedalian) are often more fascinating than useful. By comparison, this list offers more words that can enrich conversations without sounding ridiculous.

Definition:

a theory or a group of ideas about how something should be done, made, or thought about

Words It Might Replace:

idea, theory, concept

Example:

"Pessimists are bemoaning the end of U.S. human spaceflight, but optimists see the next few years as a transition to a new paradigm that will energize commercial ventures and get astronauts beyond Earth orbit for the first time since the Nixon administration." – Alan Boyle, MSNBC.com, July 13, 2011

Photo: NASA

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