An elegance coach has revealed the ten words and phrases you should ditch to avoid sounding unsophisticated, weincluding overusing ‘very’ and saying ‘pardon me’.
Anna Bey splits her time in London and Geneva. This is what she discussed in her last article YouTube How to sound elegant.
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A coach in elegance (pictured) revealed the 10 words and phrases that you need to get rid of so as not to sound unprofessional. This includes overusing “very” and using “pardon me”.
Prosecco and champagne aren’t booze.
“Let’s look at alcoholic beverages, such as Prosecco. Anna said that Prosecco and champagne should be referred to as such.
It is not acceptable to use words like “oh I’d like to try some bubbly.” An elegant woman would not use those words to describe a good alcoholic drink.
“Instead she would name it after its true name. Now let’s pretend you are sipping Prosecco. You say Prosecco. Or if you’re drinking champagne, you say champagne. We don’t want to use all different names here.
“Plus, there are other terms like fizz or booze that should be avoided when referring to alcoholic beverages. It just sounds more crude.
Abbreviations should be avoided
“Avoid abbreviations, it doesn’t sound as high when you use them. For example, PJs rather than pyjamas or uni rather than university.
“Your speech sounds so much better when you use full sentences and full names, rather than shortening them.”
Instead of using’very,’ say ‘terribly.
Anna said that those who use the word “very” too often should reduce it by using “terribly”.
‘For example, instead of saying that the restaurant was very full last night. This sounds more professional than saying it was extremely full last night. But, ladies, you might find it a bit monotonous if it keeps using the word terribly every time.
“So, you have to mix it up. You should start to reduce the word “very” and then add more “terribly”.
Use ‘May you have’ instead of ‘Can i have’
An elegance coach once said, “Can I get this?” You can instead say, “Can I receive that?” “May I have”?
‘If you know formal writing and speech practices then you can learn how to say “may I”, which is the correct way to request permission.
Although “Can I” is a common phrase, technically it makes more sense for people to use the word “May I”. This is also polite.
Anna Bey (pictured), who divides her time between London, Geneva and London discussed how you can sound elegant in the latest YouTube video.
Don’t say ‘Pardon me!’
Anna insisted: “Stop saying “pardon”, particularly if this is a way to sound more polished.
“Pardon me” can be a way to excuse yourself, but it’s a mistaken belief that this is polite and proper.
“I believed so for many years. But, I have learned from my superiors that it is a very basic expression and unintelligible. It is better to just say, “excuse” instead.
Avoid using ‘totally and completely’ too often
Anna said, “Totally” or “completely are two other words I learned and that we overuse. These words can easily be substituted by using “quite”, a common word.
It’s better to use “it’s very hot out” than “it is totally outside”.
More vocabulary: Add “rather” to it
According to the elegance coach, it was “a very lovely day” instead of being called that.
It’s possible to use the word rather when you really need to stress something elegantly, as it makes it sound more polished.
You can use the ‘lavatory,’ instead of ‘the loo’ or ‘toilet.
“Ladies, are you going to the bathroom or do you use the loo?Anna said, Or do you go to the lavatory?
“Toilet is considered to be a lower-level speech, as I learned from my speech coach.
One alternative is to call it a bathroom. But that would be a description of a room without a tub, which often isn’t the case.
“A lavatory” is the right word. Personally, I don’t think you need to give an exact description of your destination.
I might say, “excuse us” sometimes if we have to go to the laboratory. Oder, let’s suppose I say “excuse moi I’m going the the ladies or to the powder room.”
“It can sometimes feel like too many information. It is easy to know way too much.
To describe something, use ‘how’
Anna stated that Anna is a good tip for adding spice to your vocabulary to make it sound more sophisticated and refined.
You can say, “How beautiful”, “how charming”, or “how wonderful” instead of “nice”, or “cute”, or even “fun”. Although it might seem a bit outdated, this will elevate your daily language.
Substitute ‘Hi’ and?Hey’ for ‘Hello’
Anna explained that while it is acceptable to greet someone with “Hello” or “Hello”, you should be more aware of the fact that this informal greeting can also be used for “Hello” instead.
The formal greeting “Hello” is more appropriate. You need to consider who you are greeting with “Hello”.
“Hi” can be used with friends, but “Hey” is better for strangers.