Well, if you're wondering why you sit at the cafeteria nodding to every comment everyone's making, but not being able to talk about "fascism" or "sexism" because you didn't know what he or she means, you're in just the right place. Here I will take you through all the words that have been trending and are must-knows since grandfathers to Anne alike.
Here you go:
- FASCISM: Benito Mussolini was the father of Fascism. He's not alone it in though, he has Adolf Hitler as a fitting partner. So if you have guessed it by now, fascism means holding the state you live in to the highest value where every individual has to comply with the law. But it isn't this innocent. Every state needs its citizens to obey laws. But in a fascist state, you're "allowed" if I daresay to use violence in doing so. A Fascist autocrat imposes strict social and economic rules that strip citizen's rights and give more power to the government.
- SOCIALISM: A system where the production, distribution, and exchange means are determined by the central government, not by competition or who serves the state how much.
- FEMINISM: Simply put, it is the notion that men and women should have equal rights and given equal chance in doing anything is feminism.
- RACISM: It is the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior. It is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, so if one is different from that race, he is inferior or superior.
- SEXISM: It is the stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex. This implies that members of one sex are less intelligent, able, skillful, etc. than the members of the other sex.
- LOVE: That's an easy one, and of course you don't need me to define love for you, but it is what makes you feel affectionate towards someone.
- ALBEIT: Though. As simple as that.
- PRAGMATIC: Being practical, not theoretical. Not saying that you want to jump off a cliff that is 30 feet high just because you can't take workload anymore is not being pragmatic.
- ETHICS: Your morals. Your ethics tell you if you are right or wrong.
- CULTURE: You must have used the word quite a lot of times, but what exactly is culture. It is the ideas, norms, and behavior of the people or society. It is the way of living, eating, behaving etc.
- HYPOCRITE: Someone who says they have particular moral beliefs but behaves in a way that shows these are not sincere. So if you judge others for going to the bar, but right after Sunday Church you hit the club yourself, we know who's a hypocrite.
- COMMUNICATION: Of course, we do this every day and it needs no telling. It is exchanging information.
- MAGNIFY: Has a regal touch to it, this word. It can mean two things: to make something appear larger or to glorify.
- DEMOCRACY: A system of electing government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Democracy is when people in your workplace vote for Friendly Florence and not Moody Mason.
- PEDANTIC: Excessively concerned with minor details or rules.
- BIGOT: A person who can't tolerate others viewing things differently. Now that's an impatient person.
- COGNITIVE: This has an almost psychology, science-y feeling to it. It relates to or involves the processes of thinking and reasoning. E.g. "cognitive skill"
- DICTIONARY: Of course talking about all these words, you should not forget where to get these from. Makes sense.
- PARADIGM: A typical example of a thing." Society's paradigm for how wives should be".
- IRONY: Meaning exactly the opposite of what is implied, typically for humorous or emphatic effect. That's when you say you love work but sleep at work desks.
- METAPHOR: A figure of speech in which a word or phrase isn't used literally. A building touching the sky? It's a metaphor don't believe it.
- PRETENTIOUS: Attempting to impress by others by showing to have more than what one actually has. This is what we generally call being showy.
- DISPOSITION: Character. Yes, THAT simple is the meaning.
- INTEGRITY: Honesty and other strong moral principles. The trustworthiness of a person is his integrity.
- HOLISTIC: Characterized by the belief that the parts of something relatively make up the whole.
And a bonus: Diversity. Diversity is when Sue with blonde hair, Anne with gridlocks, Maya with hearing issues and Noor of a Muslim religion all are a part of your class and are accepted.
So, off you go sharing your not-so-secret but effective vocabulary list!