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Hello again. Welcome back to Weekly Words. My name is Alisha, and today we're going
to talk about animals as descriptions. Animal names that can also be a way to describe
The first word is “sloth.” “Sloth” refers to someone who is lazy. If you don't know what a “sloth” is, look it up. I’m not going to act it out for you. A “sloth” is a creature that resides in forests and has kinda claw-like hands, and they're known for moving very, very, very, very slowly, so we use this word to describe lazy people. In your office maybe there might be a “sloth.” You might say, “Aw, I don't want to work with that guy this week. He's a sloth!” Hmm. Don't be the sloth in your office.
The next word is “dinosaur.” “Dinosaurs are of course extinct, but they once roamed the earth in hordes. “Dinosaur” just refers to somebody who's very old. So, somebody, maybe your grandparents, I suppose. Don't say this to their faces, please. But you when you want to refer to somebody who is very old, you might say, “He's a dinosaur! I'm surprised that he can still get around.” That’s not a nice thing to say.
The next word is “shark.” A shark is somebody who exploits other people or is looking for a way to benefit from other people. This can also have another meaning. A shark can be somebody who is like an expert at something. So you might have heard the phrase “pool shark” or, ah, “card shark.” Oh, “card shark.” Or “tennis shark.” Somebody who is really good at something, but you can't use it for everything. You can’t use it for all things that you might be an expert at. They're just a few things that we can kind of pair the word “shark” with, so be careful not to use it with anything that you might be an expert in. Like we wouldn't say you’re a “pastry shark.” Maybe funny. I'm a pastry shark. Oh, “loan shark.” That's another example. You might say, “Avoid that guy. I hear he's a loan shark,” meaning he'll try to take advantage of you.
Oh my god! Really? Let’s explain this word. This word is “cougar.” This word I think is a very interesting
word. It it refers to “an older woman who is interested in younger men.” The word “cougar,” it seems, is used because cougars are apparently always on the prowl. In this case, their prey is younger men. Maybe you would say, “My neighbor is a cougar. She has different guys at her house every month! No, this is terrible!
“Crab.” A “crab” is… Sorry. A “crab...” There was a phase I went through in middle school, right, I liked to draw crabs. I just thought they were funny, so I drew them on everything. We use “crabs” to talk about
somebody who is kinda grumpy or in a bad mood. You might say, “Oh, I don't wanna talk to my boss today. She seems like a real crab.”
End! We learned a lot of very rude things in this week's lesson. I hope that you can take something away from this, um, maybe you can at least understand these words even if you're not going to use them yourself. Yeah. Be careful with whom and in what situation you use some of these words. With that, thank you for watching this episode of Weekly Words. I will see you again next week. Bye-bye!


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Which word do you like the most?

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This episode was very fun, thanks a lot. By the way, there is a TV show name Shark Tank. I think in this context the Sharks are business men.

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The word i like the most is cougar. I really enjoy this lesson. Thank you so much Miss Alisha.

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Hi there Jorge,

That's very interesting! In English we say 'pool shark' for someone who is very good at playing pool!

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In my country (Perú), a "shark" is also someone who is good at mathematics

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Hi there Paluku-Atoka,

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Avoid that guy. I hear he's a loan shark.

He hears or he heard ?

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Thank you so much Mam