Murari and Sudip Suvedi: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
3:25 the lingo the language, the appropriate words
7:01 hierarchical having a strictly defined ranking of positions
12:42 indigenous native, born there
13:05 human capital the human element of projects and processes
14:00 flora and fauna plants and animals
14:42 CDC Center for Disease Control (national center in Atlanta, GA)
14:54 leap of faith taking action based more on trust than solid knowledge
18:24 broached the topic carefully introduced the (potentially difficult) subject

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