Adopted a lot of that swag

Sepmre

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Hi,

I have no idea what the underlined part means. I assume that "swag" referes to the qualities mentioned before by the author regarding his dad, so "adopt a lot of that sway" may mean to get those qualities [from his dad].

Any help will be appreciated.


He knew where he was going and what he expected from himself and others, had an unbelievable work ethic, loved people, and believed being successful was his duty.

He commanded respect and demanded discipline from his kids.
And my older brother, Curtis, adopted a lot of that swag.
He was strong, fast, super articulate, confident, and one of the most natural politicians I’ve ever met.

From the book "Be Obsessed or Be Average"
 

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He means "swagger."

"Swag" is something different, though apparently some speakers of English are using "swag" to refer to "swagger."
 
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To me, swag refers to the proceeds of a robbery. I would use swagger in this context, but I may be showing my age.
 

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"Swag" is used to refer to the free promotional items you may pick up at a public event or convention. There's even a back-formed acronym: Stuff We All Get.
 

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Looks like "swag" can now be a variant of "swagger".
 

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"Swag" is used to refer to the free promotional items you may pick up at a public event or convention. There's even a back-formed acronym: Stuff We All Get.

I clearly don't get invited to many such events, though in BrE we use the term goodie bags for this too.
 
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