In his State of the Union address, Obama displayed similar swag and bluster against both the Kremlin và congressional Republicans, seemingly without regard for any recent events. As the president explained: ...

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I hear it a lot, but what does this slang word really mean?


Please don't make trivial edits to older questions. Actually & really are synonyms, và used can stay (there's no practical difference between hear it used often và hear it often). –user3395 May 18 "18 at 20:21


February 01, 2018, the OED has recently added the word swag in its dictionary. Oxford Online Dictionaries reports

A new entry has been added for swag, derived from swagger, và used in slang lớn denote ‘bold self-assurance in style or manner’, or ‘an air of great self-confidence or superiority’. The OED’s first citation for this particular sense comes from the traông xã ‘December 4th’ on Jay-Z’s The Blachồng Album (2003): ‘My self-esteem went through the roof, man. I got my swag.’ This is the fifth OED citation attributed khổng lồ Jay-Z.

A glossarial example of the word from the previous year, in a self-described dictionary of hip-hop terminology, defined swag as simply ‘walk’.


(October 12, 2016)

“Obama displayed similar swag and bluster …”

In his sixth State of the Union Address, President Obama said:

We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small — by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy & reassuring our NATO allies. Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, some suggested that Mr.

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Putin’s aggression was a masterful display of strategy và strength. Wmni-alive.com, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters. That’s how America leadsnot with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve (Applause). From whitehouse.gov, January đôi mươi, 2015

The swag appears to lớn be a clipped size of swagger, which the article accuses President Obama of doing. In the speech, the ‘swag’ refers to America standing strong, unafraid of Russia, and determined to lớn enforce sanctions. The bluster, according lớn the author, is Obama"s words whose tone was possibly concealing a threat to Putin. The fact that Obama asserted America did not engage in bluster, was tmni-alive.coming the audience that America was not afraid of taking further action if necessary.

bluster talk intended to lớn seem important or threatening but which is not taken seriously và has little effect

swagger to lớn walk, esp. with a swinging movement, in a way that shows that you are confident & think you are important Cambridge Dictionary

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