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    Unhappy I think my music wasn't esoteric enough for these people.

    Hello,

    I encountered a strange use of the word esoteric and I was wondering if it was used in the correct context.

    "I think my music wasn't esoteric enough for these people."

    I understand that an item can be esoteric (pertaining to a particular group of people). But can it not be esoteric and be applied a verb like this?

    I feel like the proper way to try and say what he was trying to say is "My music wasn't the right niche for these people"...?

    So why does "I think my music wasn't esoteric enough for these people." sound so wrong to me?

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    Re: I think my music wasn't esoteric enough for these people.

    It sounds like pretentious nonsense to me.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I think my music wasn't esoteric enough for these people.

    I think the person means that his or her music was not obscure enough for their tastes- the people being talked about didn't like music that was popular or well-known.

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