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Deprecate means to express disapproval of something.
For example, “Because no one on the sales team reached their goals, Keith deprecated their efforts in his quarterly report.”
Perfunctory means characterized by routine: mechanical; lacking interest or enthusiasm.
For example, “The CEO felt that Keith’s response to the sales rally was perfunctory and, therefore, that he wasn’t a team player.”
Intersperse means to insert something at intervals among other things.
For example, “Keith opted to intersperse the good news with the bad news about the branch closings.”
Laudable means worthy of praise, commendable.
For example, “While the intern’s report was poorly written, Keith felt it was a laudable attempt.”
When corresponding with customers and executives, keep it professional. Professional writing is formal—no clipped sentences, no jokes, no slang, etc.—yet has a friendly, conversational tone. To achieve a professional, friendly tone, role play as a journalist for a high-end publication while writing. Think of your business document as more of an article in The Wall Street Journal.
Nebbish means a timid, weak or ineffectual person.
For example, “Keith considered his boss’ cousin a nebbish and would never have hired him.”
Empirical means an opinion or fact based on something you observed or experienced rather than on theory or logic.
For example, “Keith wanted the company’s annual report to be supported with empirical evidence whenever possible.”
Kakistocracy means a country or society governed by its least competent citizens.
For example, “Keith took heart when he discovered the low number of kakistocracies in the world.”
Verbiage means speech or writing that uses too many words or excessively technical expressions.
This word is often used incorrectly as a synonym for words.
For example: “Keith was exhausted from reading all the verbiage in the white paper on computer networks.”
Equanimity means mental calmness, composure, especially in a difficult situation.
For example: “Keith prided himself on his equanimity when dealing with problematic clients.”