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Agrestic

Rural, rustic; awkward or unpolished.

Origin

Contrary to what many think, agrestic was not introduced with the legendary series “Weeds”, but was chosen as its title for a reason! Agrestic stems from the Latin agrest or agrestal, which were adjectives pertaining to plants, such as weeds, growing wild in fields and other uncultivated areas.

In the most simple way, agrestic is anything that seems to be in place, but actually isn’t.

Why this word?

This is a great word to know! Not only because there are many things in life that seem to be in place when actually it isn’t the case, but also, because once knowing it- you would be able to stun your friends each time “Weeds” comes in the conversation.

How to use agrestic?

Agrestic is here for you when you want to address something as slightly embarrassing, but for positive reasons; such as a mother entering the room to bring you cookies just as you found the courage within you to kiss the girl who’s with you. On one hand, if you still live with your mom, it is her place as much as it is yours, but that very moment was awkward.

Agrestic can also describe a paper titled as “Freud’s Most Outrageous Theories” when the most outrageous theories specified within it are Derrida’s.

Agrestic is anything that is normal and logical, but out of its context.

David’s agrestic behavior will get him fired. He won’t stay here for long if he keeps addressing the CEO as if she was his mother!”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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