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  • Hi, I'm remembering to introduce the series this week. My name is Alisha. Welcome back

  • to Weekly Words. This week we're gonna talk about really long words that are actually

  • used. Okay, this is going to be interesting I think. Let's start.

  • The first word isphotosynthesis.” “Photosynthesisis an eighth-grade American science school

  • word... is an eighth-grade science word. This refers tothe process that plants use to

  • convert sunlight to oxygen.” The process ofphotosynthesisis vitally important

  • to the survival of humans. Right?

  • The next word isimperturbable.” “Imperturbablemeans someone whocan't really get upset

  • or excited,” like it's hard to a change the emotions of a person. So you might say,

  • “I have a friend who's imperturbable. No matter what we do or what we say, he doesn't

  • get angry with us.”

  • Onward. The next iscounterintuitive.” “Counterintuitiveis a good word which

  • means it's “the opposite of common sense.” So we talked about the wordintuitive

  • in a previous episode of Weekly Words whereintuitivemeansable to sense something

  • or able to do something correctly without knowing... having to know much about it.”

  • Counterintuitive,” however, on the other hand, means not intuitive, or it seems like

  • something but just doesn't make much sense. It's not a common sense thing. So maybe, let's

  • see, something that doesn't seem to make very much sense to you. Maybe in your office building,

  • for example, you have to first push the door and then pull in order to open it. You might

  • say, “Uh, the way the doors work in this building is very counterintuitive.” It doesn't

  • make much sense.

  • The next word ispresumptuously.” “Presumptuouslysimply meansfailing to observe the limits

  • of what is permitted or appropriate.” Oh, this is a tough one to use in a sentence.

  • So anytime somebody does something that's just beyond the limits of what is considered

  • normal in your culture, you can say that they're beingpresumptuousor actingpresumptuously.”

  • So if, for example, a salesman comes to your door for some reason. But they enter the house

  • and sit down on your sofa, you might say, “The salesman presumptuously entered my

  • house and sat down on my sofa. I couldn't believe it.”

  • What? “Sphygmomanometer.” “Sphygmomanometer:” “an instrument for measuring blood pressure.”

  • This is a new one for me too. “Sphygmomanometeris this word. Isn't this calledReally

  • long words that are actually used”? I have only been familiar with this word in terms

  • of the blood pressure cuff. When you go to the doctor and they need to check your blood

  • pressure, they'll put this thing, thissphygmomanometer,” on your arm, usually, and then they'll kind

  • of pump it up and check your blood pressure. So it's a very technical word. The doctor

  • might say to a nurse or to another doctor, “Can can you please get me the sphygmomanometer?

  • We need to check this patient's blood pressure.”

  • Wow. Okay, I learned a new word today. End! Those are all the long words that are actually

  • used sometimes. Give them a try. Work on your pronunciation for these. They're kind of interesting

  • ones I think. Thanks again for joining us for Weekly Words. I will see you next time.

  • Bye-bye! Sphygmomanometer.

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每週與Alisha一起學習英語單詞--真正的長單詞 (Weekly English Words with Alisha - Really Long Words)

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