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Okay, welcome back to Weekly Words. Weekly Words. I’m Alisha, and today we're going to talk about
words that make you sound smart. Oh, I'm all over this one.
First word is “esoteric.” When something is “esoteric,” it’s... Alright, so the word “esoteric” refers to and “something that requires specialized knowledge.” So in a conversation, somebody might use this word to say, “Sorry to be esoteric,” and then they'll continue talking about some subject or some concept that requires a certain level of knowledge in a given field.
Next word... “Superfluous.” Um, “superfluous” just means “extra,” really. Can a person be “superfluous”? So “superfluous,” yeah, just, just refers to stuff that's maybe not necessary or the... the extra just stuff or extra, extra things in a given context. So maybe, “Oh I have so much superfluous stuff in my kitchen.” Course using “superfluous” in such a casual way like that is very unnatural, but you could do if you really wanted to
sound smart.
“Acquiesce.” “Acquiesce,” um, means to, um, like you might have like… Oh, can I say a line from Pirates of the Caribbean? Something like, “He will not acquiesce to your request,” or “She will not acquiesce to your request.” Just means you won't” obey or listen or do as told.” Um, but that, it’s the same exact meaning to “acquiesce” to accept something, or, yeah, to go along with.
“Angst.” “Angst” refers to just kind of this, errr, like that, that unhappy feeling, the sort of angry, maybe melancholy, or just feeling like, you know, you’re misunderstood. So a teenager, or I suppose a teenager themselves might not use this word, but the parents of a teenager might say, “Oh, my teenager is so filled with angst.”
“Kitsch.” “Kitsch.” “Kitsch” refers to, in my mind anyway, just, um, junk, honestly. It's the little things that,
you know, might crowd your house, like a snow globe or special little ornaments or just, you know, decorative knick-knacks. You might say, “Oh, my aunt’s apartment’s really “kitschy.” I mean she has maybe like a lot of knick-knacks, or the style is just kinda meh.
Alright, that is the end, so those were a few words to make you sound smart. I hope that you learned something. I certainly did, and I'll see you again next time. Thank you. Bye!

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Which word do you like the most?

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In times of quarantine, I'm felling angst, with difficult to acquiense life without superfluous itens

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Could you provide more examples of esoteric, superfluous, acquiesce, angst, kitsch...? I would like that example are related in the context of daily living.... thanks so much!

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why I should sound smart if I am smart

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