The 16 Most Basic Words In The English Language


This generation has made an abomination of the English language. Our measly vocabulary has limited our conversations to a combination of the same 45 words. Let’s start using our college education and start using less of these words:

  1. Literally
    Merriam-Webster definition: in a manner that is completely true and accurate, not exaggerated.
    Modern example: “I literally ate 4 whole pizza in literally two seconds.”
  2. Obnoxious
    Merriam-Webster definition: odiously or disgustingly objectionable.
    Modern example: “He left class fifteen minutes early. How obnoxious.”
  3. Hysterical
    Merriam-Webster definition: a state in which your emotions, such as fear, are so strong that you behave in an uncontrolled way.
    Modern example: “Did you see that video of the dog wearing boots? It was hysterical.”
  4. Obviously
    Merriam-Webster definition: in a way that is easy to see, understand, or recognize.
    Modern example: “He didn’t text me back because he is obviously so excited that I texted him that he is busy telling his friends how into me he is.”
  5. Die
    Merriam-Webster definition: to pass from physical life.
    Modern example: “It was so cute I’m going to die.” “I’m so bored I’m going to die.” “That is so funny I’m going to die.”
  6. Insane
    Merriam-Webster definition: mentally disordered.
    Modern example: “Yoooooo that party was insane, bro. We finished a whole keg.”
  7. Perfect
    Merriam-Webster definition: being entirely without fault or defect; corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept.
    Modern example: “That t-shirt that says ‘avocado toast’ on it is so perfect.”
  8. “Kill Myself”
    Merriam-Webster definition: the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally, especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mind.
    Modern example: “My class was an extra ten minutes, I wanted to kill myself.”
  9. Annihilated
    Merriam-Webster definition: to be vanquished completely.
    Example: “I had four margs at happy hour and was annihilated.”
  10. Obsessed
    Merriam-Webster definition: to haunt or excessively preoccupy the mind of.
    Modern example: “I am obsessed with lipstick.”
  11. Casual
    Merriam-Webster definition: occurring without regularity; nonchalant.
    Modern Example:@VeronicaRuckh just followed me on Twitter. It’s casual.”
  12. Annoying
    Merriam-Webster definition: causing vexation
    Modern example: “I can’t find a pair of booties that are dressy but don’t have too high of a heel. It’s so annoying.”
  13. Forever
    Merriam-Webster definition: for a limitless time.
    Modern example: “This wifi is taking forever to load.”
  14. Crazy
    Merriam-Webster definition: not based on truth or logic : not showing good judgment.
    Modern example: “He double-texted me after I didn’t answer him the first time. He’s crazy.”
  15. Awesome
    Merriam-Webster definition: causing feelings of fear and wonder; causing feelings of awe.
    Modern example: “Your new phone case is so awesome.”
  16. Honestly
    Merriam-Webster definition: without cheating or lying.
    Modern example: “Honestly, PSLs aren’t that good.”

We’re better than this.

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Ali Hin

A born and raised Jersey girl, she can always be found covered in sand and pizza sauce. Her personal brand is "that girl." She prefers wine in bottles because she thinks outside of the box. Send fan mail to or by smoke signal.

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