I wish my accent was less overeducated, too
September 9, 2012 8:17 PM Subscribe
How to sound less overeducated?
posted by curuinor to Writing & Language (66 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I always get yelled at for using five-dollar words when ten-cent ones would do. That is, I am a circuitous, loquacious motherfucker.
I've spoken the term "videlicet" without irony in a conversation before, intending to convey information. I think in terms like "quixotic" and "brobdingnagian", again without irony. My high school English teacher once said that even my syntax is tortuous.
Many of my close friends are overeducated or getting overeducated like I am, but many are not. I would like to have genuine conversations with people of any level of education without speaking down or up or whatever.
When I make a conscious effort to speak without my overgrown vocabulary, I sound like I'm patronizing, at least according to my (ESL) mom. I would like to not sound patronizing, so that route seems murky right now. How do I say things simply without sounding as if I was simple or patronizing?