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15 words only smart people know the meanings
15 words only smart people know the meanings

Remember to always understand what is at stake and not get into awkward situations.

15 words only smart people know the meanings
15 words only smart people know the meanings

1. Plan

The word comes from the French flâner, which translates as "to stroll." In Russian, the meaning has been preserved: to fly is to walk slowly without any specific goal. Exactly what you want to do on warm summer evenings.

2. Money-grubber

This is the name of a person who seeks profit, accumulation of money or other material wealth. While there is nothing wrong with creating a financial cushion, the word has a negative connotation. And all because the main feature of the money-grubber is greed.

3. Pipidastre

This funny word is called a fluffy brush for brushing off dust. Initially, pipidasters were made from natural feathers, but now they use synthetic fibers. Such a broom is needed for cleaning fragile items that cannot be walked on with a regular rag.

4. Music stand

Another funny word that came to us from France. Translated as "writing desk" or "desk", but in Russian means an inclined stand for notes or books.

5. Frapping

No, this is not about cold frappe coffee. Frapping is unpleasant to amaze, overwhelm. For example: "I was surprised that you put on sandals with socks."

6. Haptophobia

A problem that many of us have already faced or may face after self-isolation. Haptophobia is a fear of being touched by other people. Moreover, fear can arise not only in relation to strangers, but also in relation to family and friends.

7. Equivoks

It might seem that this word would be appropriate in the menu of some Chinese restaurant. But it actually means ambiguous hints. Therefore, if you want to be understood correctly, speak without equivocation.

8. Perturbation

No connection to turbines or pipes. This word is called a sudden upheaval, an event that changes the usual course of things and confuses. The second meaning is the change in the path of a celestial body under the influence of the force of gravity of other bodies (useful if you are fond of astronomy).

9. Sybarite

So they say about a person who leads an idle lifestyle and bathes in luxury. The word comes from the name of the ancient Greek city of Sybaris. Its inhabitants were very rich and loved everything that today is united by the concept of "luxury".

10. Gimp

You probably know the expression "pull the gimmick", which is used when someone is doing something very slowly or delaying the resolution of an issue. But this is a figurative meaning, and the direct one describes the process of making a thin metal thread, which is then used for embroidery. The gimp, respectively, is the same metal thread.

11. Transparent

If you think about demonstrations and banners, forget it. Everything is much calmer. The word comes from the English transparent, which translates as "transparent". Transactions can be transparent, for example. This means that both parties are as honest as possible and do not hide anything.

12. Cognitive

Psychological term derived from the Latin cognitio. Literally translated - knowledge, knowledge. Cognitive processes occur in our brain when we learn something new, comprehend the world around us or ourselves. The popular expression "cognitive dissonance" describes a situation where previously acquired knowledge conflicts with new information. For example, if your friend first says she hates the color red, and then she buys a scarlet dress.

13. Trivial

Synonyms for this word are banal, boring, primitive, ordinary. A film with a hackneyed plot or statements of your interlocutor, in which there is nothing fresh and original, can be trivial.

14. Insight

Another moment of psychology. The concept is used to describe an unexpected penetration into the very essence of something, a sudden understanding. Insight is closest in meaning to the phrase "Now it dawned on me!"

15. Synergy

In translation from the ancient Greek "synergy" is cooperation, commonwealth. Today, the word denotes a positive effect that occurs when several subjects or objects interact. But only if the total effect exceeds the result of the actions of each participant separately. For example, if after the merger of two companies, their total profit exceeds the sum of the income of each company, we can talk about synergy.

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