View Full Version : Exemplary Rhetoric!

February 2nd, 2013, 6:16 PM
A simple question, how much do you vary your rhetoric? Or in a simpler way of putting it, how complex is your vocabulary when you speak, and do you vary the words you use often?

Personally, I don't go out of my way to sound smart, not in normal conversation anyway. If I'm being formal, though, you might hear me say some big words and act all smart and all. =D

February 2nd, 2013, 6:21 PM
I don't specifically try. But even my own father gets irritated because I use words he doesn't know. x; If a "big" word just is more fitting to what I mean, though, I'll use it (unless the person I'm talking to probably won't understand it).

February 2nd, 2013, 6:55 PM
I always try to use the 'smallest' word instead of a 'big' word, I just don't sound smart to others while making sure that the other person will definitely understand me with my simple words.

February 2nd, 2013, 6:57 PM
I try to vary - If I have to say "herpaderp" five times in four sentences, I'll take the "dumbest" form of the word and progressively increase the sophistication until it doesn't sound like English, then just randomly choose what sounds cool and flowy and stuff.

February 2nd, 2013, 10:50 PM
If I'm around my family, I talk like any normal person would. Around my friends I use tons of slang and I'm not official at all.

Ah tal' a lo' like th's aroun' 'em.

Hom' i' wher' you ma' i'.


Maybe not .. that.. Hillbilly.. But you know.

Slang. An' lazy talk.

February 3rd, 2013, 1:39 AM
I end up changing some words often and fancily, to the point that I even annoy myself because no one would understand anything I say. Synonyms and alliteration (sometimes put together) are a core part of my vocabulary, though.

In laxer environments, I'm prone to throwing around profanities more frequently when I want to use emphasis, rather than making "big" exponentially bigger, usually respective to the size I'm trying to convey. (That's still better than the rest of my family, however, where cursing is almost unavoidable with them.)

Sticking to very casual ways of speaking for any recognizable period of time, though, is... not my thing. Profanities aside, I can't hold "casual" for long, if at all, regardless of the people I'm talking to.

Sweets Witch
February 3rd, 2013, 7:59 AM
I don't go out of my way to use complicated phrases or anything of the sort, but I WILL think over sentences if I initially want to use the same word twice in such a short time. "Though" is my biggest problem.

February 3rd, 2013, 11:21 AM
I only really change between writing and speaking. I'm much more likely to use my full vocabulary and have longer, meandering sentences when I'm writing (like right now) than I am when I speak face to face.

But then there's my job where I work with the public and I often have to change how I talk with people to suit whatever kind of person I have to deal with. Some people like to talk down to strangers so I'll either have to play dumb to get them to leave quicker or I'll have to pull out all the stops on my English language skills and make them respect me (also to make them go away quicker).

February 3rd, 2013, 11:26 AM
Depends on thr situation, really.. if its casual, i will use common words. If i am in an interview,ill try and sound a bit more verbose. If its written, i may do a mixture of both or just try to write in a more eloquent style.

Shining Raichu
February 4th, 2013, 3:56 AM
I often try when I'm writing, but I'm not fast enough at thinking on my feet to bother trying when I'm speaking. Ain't nobody got time for that.

Corvus of the Black Night
February 4th, 2013, 8:12 AM
My vocal vocabulary is bland and numbed by swearing and garbage phrases. My written prose however ranges from a more eloquent writing to a lazy, laid back kind of writing. It depends on who I'm talking to really.

Kikaito plush
February 4th, 2013, 8:33 AM
I only try when someone posh speaks to me or when writing Talli tales.

February 4th, 2013, 2:17 PM
When I speak? Hahaha. I can hardly speak straight sometimes as is. There's no way I could put effort into expanding my vocabulary in any way, shape, or form. The only way I could think of doing it is if I were to write it out beforehand and read from it.

In online interactions and my writing, I guess I sometimes think outside the box. But I don't go reaching for a thesaurus every five words to find something flashier. Just one of the many ways my writing is quite basic. (Not that I advocate using the thesaurus every five words, but using it occasionally when repeating words won't hurt!)

February 6th, 2013, 12:17 PM
I use simple and intermediate words when I speak.