Ana Ramirez-Saenz: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
2:32 had my fill had enough, couldn’t take (or eat) any more>
3:36 ain't [informal] isn’t, aren’t
4:09 tenacity strong ability to stick with a task until completed
6:25 from the ground up going up from the lowest level
6:42 impetus motivation, drive, energy
10:31 litigation lawsuit, suing, taking to court
11:09 runs the gamut covers all parts of the spectrum, from the least to the most
11:36 the ahas the moments of deep realization when you say “Aha!”
13:42 strident harsh, loud, unpleasant
14:54 phenotyping basic make-up of someone’s character
15:10 insatiable work ethic hungriness to always want to work hard
15:15 unwavering faith spiritual belief that doesn’t change
15:21 humility in service helping others in a humble way

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