According to a website called FirstToKnow, you don't need to use big words to sound smart . . . you just need to cut these five short words out. Because, quote, "they make you sound stupid." Here you go . . .
--Actually. We use it to add an extra "punch" to a sentence . . . but it's only supposed to mean something that's present, or exists in reality.
--Basically. You should only use it when you're truly simplifying something complicated. Otherwise it's just another word people use incorrectly to add more punch.
--Honestly. When you say "honestly," you're subtly implying that everything you've said up to that point has been dishonest or embellished.
--Like. We all slip this in along with "um" and "uh" WAY too often.
--Literally. We use "literally" way too much when we REALLY mean "figuratively." Literally only applies to something that is 100% true and not exaggerated.