By Gina Indellicate

It’s easy to fall into routine, to find ourselves committing the same acts because they are comfortable, they don’t pose a risk. How does this apply to our words? To the language we use? So often, people use the same words to describe anything and everything: good, great, bad, fun, okay. We use the same fillers:um, like, ah, ya know. How can we veer ourselves away from this to add better descriptions to our everyday dialogue?

For most of us, what we write tends to incorporate better descriptions, and have more thoughtful answers than our spoken words. This is because we have time to look over our word choices. We can go back and revise the words on the screen before committing to using them. When we speak though, we don’t have that luxury. In order to use a better vocabulary, it must come without having the time to think or revise. It must come because there better descriptors are ingrained in us.

A way to address this problem is to create your own, “Toastmaster Word of the Day.” To make this effective, choose a word you can easily replace other bland words with. Something that doesn’t sound forced, something that could easily become a standard word is your vocabulary. It may be a word you use frequently when writing, but do you use it naturally when speaking?

For example, tomorrow if someone asks me how I’m doing, the answer isn’t going to be good, it’s going to be splendid. What will your word of the day be?