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Some months ago I watched a video on a tech YouTube channel (Level1Techs, if you were curious) and Randall used a word like in the following sentence:

I did a video about it, but it's a bit <blank>

I Googled the word, and basically it meant something targeted at or interesting to only those with special knowledge or interests.

Any ideas? It's driving me crazy.

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    -1 questions that ask us to guess are deprecated here – AmE speaker Mar 20 '17 at 2:29
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    I'm confused, are you asking us what word you heard on a video once? Why can you not go back and listen to it again since you seem to know what channel it was on? – Spagirl Mar 20 '17 at 10:53
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because (1) it's asking us to guess what word was used in a video description; (2) any answer would merely be 'opinion-based'. – TrevorD Mar 20 '17 at 15:32
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    @Spagirl They have tons and tons of videos, and many of them are multi hour. It would be a huge undertaking to rake through them all. How else than asking here would you suggest I ever find the word? – Hubro Mar 20 '17 at 17:12
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Could you be thinking of esoteric?

dictionary.com: esoteric: understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest. (Dictionary.com)

technical is also a possibility but I think that's one that would be easy enough to remember.

  • YES!!! Thank you, that's a 2 month itch finally scratched – Hubro Mar 20 '17 at 17:11
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The first word that popped into my mind is niche:

denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population

source: New Oxford American Dictionary

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I did a video about it, but it's a bit arcane?

Arcane: Understood by few; mysterious or secret. (Oxford Dictionary)

Otherwise maybe enigmatic?

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I like niche best, but if your video was full of jargon and was for specialists, you could say it was technical.

technical

  1. belonging or pertaining to an art, science, or the like: technical skill.
  2. peculiar to or characteristic of a particular art, science, profession, trade, etc.: technical details.
  3. using terminology or treating subject matter in a manner peculiar to a particular field, as a writer or a book: a technical report.

specialist a person who devotes himself or herself to one subject or to one particular branch of a subject or pursuit.

(Source: Dictionary.com)

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    I think technical is the best, at least for STEM-type subjects. – MissMonicaE Mar 20 '17 at 1:58
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    I'd say that if it was for specialists then you could easily describe the video as specialist. – Mike C Mar 20 '17 at 15:06
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  • esoteric, specialized/specialist, niche are the terms generally used
  • obscure
  • recherche, arcane if you want a literary flourish
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and basically it meant something targeted at or interesting to only those with special knowledge or interests.

People with special knowledge or interests are specialists, so the word you're looking for should be specialistic.

Definition of specialist from Merriam-Webster on line

  1. one who specializes in a particular occupation, practice, or branch of learning

  2. an enlisted rank in the U.S. Army corresponding to the grade of corporal; also : any of several former enlisted ranks corresponding to the grades of sergeant through sergeant major

  3. an organism (as a bird) specialized especially in food or habitat

Specialistic, from Dictionary.com:

specialistic [spesh-uh-lis-tik] adjective

  1. pertaining to or characteristic of specialists or specialism.

Origin of specialistic 1880-1885 1880-85; specialist + -ic

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    Specialistic (adj) is AmE, specialist (adj) is BrE, just for reference. Interestingly I've never ever heard "specialistic" despite working for a large American engineering company for many years - always "specialist". – Mike C Mar 20 '17 at 15:07
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I agree that niche is the best choice, but another word they might possibly have used is boutique.

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