40 Common English Words

Hello.  A quick word to tell you that these common English words are of the Australian version and may not seem, ah, quite right to Americans.  We don’t use words like forthright, cheeky, weep, cackle or snigger.  I’m not sure if Australians use them either.  But we get it.  Any English is good English (Wasn’t there a song with that title ?)    OK, here we go:


Sincere: (of a person) saying what they genuinely feel or believe

For example: I’m sure he is a sincere person

Frank: Open, honest, direct in speech or writing

For example: to be frank, I don’t know

Blunt: Uncompromisingly forthright

For example:  I have to be blunt.  I don’t like your wedding dress

Forthright: Direct and outspoken

For example: You’re right, it would be nice if she’d be forthright


Confess: Admit that one has committed a crime or done something wrong

For example: She confessed that she had damaged the car.

Reveal: make (previously unknown or secret information) known to others.

For example: Mary’s husband was forced to reveal Mary’s whereabouts

Avow: Assert or confess openly

For example: He avowed his change of faith.


Weep: To shed tears

For example: he wept bitter tears at her cruelty

Sob: Cry noisily, making loud convulsive gasps

For example: she broke down and sobbed like a child

Bawl: Weep or cry nosily

For example: I bawled my eyes out when I heard the bad news.


Plump: Rather fat

For example: A rather plump girl began to walk towards them.

Overweight: Above a weight considered normal or desirable

For example: It’s time to admit she’s overweight.

Flabby: Soft, loose, and fleshy

For example: This exercise helps to flatten a flabby stomach.

Chubby: plump and rounded.


Tedious: Too long, slow, or dull

For example: It really was a tedious journey.

Dull: Lacking interest or excitement

For example: “your laerning doesn’t have to be dull and boring”

Uninteresting: Not arousing curiosity or interest

For example: The scenery was uninteresting.

Tiresome: Causing one to feel bored or annoyed

For example: His speech was quite tiresome.


Impolite: Not having or showing good manners

For example: It would’ve been impolite to refuse the invitation.

Insolent: Showing a rude and arrogant lack of respect

For example: She hated the insolent tone of his voice.

Impudent: Not showing due respect for another person

For example: His thoughts are impudent to say the least.

Cheeky: showing a lack of respect or politeness in a way that is amusing or appealing.

For example: His thoughts are impudent to say the least.


Start: Begin from a particular point in time or space

For example: The season starts in September.

Initiate: Cause (a process or action) to begin

For example: The project was initiated by me.

Launch: Start or set in motion

For example: He’s begun by launching an emotive advertising campaign.

Commence: Begin

For example: His design team commenced work.

Embark: Begin (a course of action)

For example: She embarked on a new career.


Precisely: In exact terms; without vagueness

For example: The guidelines were precisely defined.

Completely: Totally; utterly… not lacking anything

For example: That story is completely true.

Absolutely with no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally.

For example: He absolutely adores his car.


Chuckle: Laugh quietly or inwardly

For example:  I chucked at the surprise on her face

Giggle: Laugh lightly and repeatedly in a silly way

For example: they giggled at some private joke

Cackle: Laugh in a rough, harsh way

For example: the witch cackled at the end of the story

Snigger: Laugh in a scornful way

They kept sniggering at her


Author: Dennis Hickey

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