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Posts posted by hdejong

  1. Haha! That just about sums it up. But from what I can see, everyone seems to have their own versions of the origin of the word. And the present meaning is as stable as the wind. The last line of urban dictionary's definition, I like.

    Urban dictionary is always hilarious and can be informative on modern culture.

  2. I don't think I would recommend Tolkien as an example.  There are a lot of invented words and language in it, and while I love the works, it doesn't seem like a good source.

    I think reading in general would be good.  Start with simpler books/children's books and work your way up.  The more you read the better your English will become, and the easier it is to distinguish between correct and incorrect usage in the texts.

    Starting with rich english wouldn't be beneficial for ESL learners. I would recommend what rodserd has to say, start with children's books and work your way up.

  3. This is what urban dictionary has to say about the word and I agree.

    Orginally from the Scottish slang word "swagger" which was a description of the way some Scots walk (in a swaying motion), the word was then misinterpreted by the English as "the way someone presents themselves". Eg, whether someone looks cool.

    The word quickly made its way to the states and has ever since become the catchphrase of douchbags and tools everywhere.

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