Courtney Eilhardt


Hey Crusaders, 

Today I wanted to bring to you a list of words to improve our overused vocabulary go-to's. It's interesting and a little distressing to stop and think about the fact that the average American only uses about 5,000 different words speaking in day to day conversations.

Now, if you think that's a lot, keep in mind that there are roughly 171,000 words in the current circulation of English language, making the 5,000 only about 3% of available words. When is the last time you learned a new word? What's your favorite word? How many times a day are you saying "good/bad/nice" etc. instead of challenging yourself with more than 2 syllables?


A few of my all time favorite words are below:

Petrichor: "A pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather."

Pogonophile: "An admirer of beards" honor of Movember of course

Recalcitrant: "Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude" ...I love this one because if you tell someone they're being recalcitrant with a smile on your face they usually just nod in agreement instead of asking you what exactly it means(:


Today, refuse to be content with 5,000 words. Stretch your brain and expand your thirst for knowledge...and definitely come tell me your favorite words because I love learning new ones!