escoria – scum, dregs
ays-KOE-reeah; sustantivo femenino
Los políticos son la escoria de la sociedad.
Politicians are the dregs of society.
Remember that the last syllable of escoria—ria–is a dipthong and is pronounced as a single syllable. The stress falls on the second syllable–es-CO-ria. For a review, see Syllabication – Lesson 1.
And for those of you who are interested in phonetics, the “r” is a voiced, alveolar tap, which means that your tongue should tap (touch once, briefly) the roof of your mouth just behind your front teeth.
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