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Interstitials, etc. based on the Fictionary collaboration. http://www.hitrecord.org/collaborations/4013

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My dad taught himself English at age five, having spoken only German until then. He was an Army brat born in Germany and his parents didn't really warn him or help him much; he learned on the fly, mostly at school. Because English is so complicated, despite being really intelligent he still gets some things wrong, 60 years later -- he once said, instead of "You catch more flies with honey," "You catch more worms with sugar."


What are some idioms or sayings or other segments of speech that cause confusion to non-native speakers?

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I know this is topic is specifically about fat, and I don't want to spend too much time talking about being skinny, but in looking at the pieces contributed to the collab, anybarra83's piece "Too Fat, Too Skinny" struck a chord with me. And as long as we're talking about weight when we talk about fat, I thought I might offer a brief perspective of my own.


It is true that, as anybarra83 says, people "seem to think it is okay or socially acceptable to make comments ... about being 'too skinny,'" sometimes when they might understand that it's not okay to make fun of someone for being fat. I don't think it's polite or kind to criticize anyone's body like that, whether it's something they can help or not. It's just... rude. I know what I look like. You can say to me all day long "You need to eat something" or "Put some meat on your bones." Trust me, I've been trying for several decades now. I don't have any sort of disorder -- my body just doesn't want to put on weight. I'm aware of the phrase "Real Women Have Curves" and I know I have chicken legs. There's very little I can do about that. People expressing resentment toward me because I can't gain weight very easily make me uncomfortable, although I understand that not everyone will sympathize.


Please, when it comes to body sizes, try to keep your comments to yourself.

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I wish I'd worked harder academically.

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I dream about traveling a lot.

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http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1591860 but with bold, italicized, and stroked text. I don't have Illustrator so I couldn't work with the layers for the back of the postcard....

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I don't have Illustrator so I couldn't work with the layers for the back of the postcard, but I was feeling inspired anyway.... Here's a variant with bold, italicized, and stroked text: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/1592076

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I don't have Illustrator so I couldn't work with the layers for the back of the postcard, but I was feeling inspired anyway....

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I don't have Illustrator so I couldn't work with the layers for the back of the postcard, but I was feeling inspired anyway....

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What I think this question is really about.

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[RegularJOE asked for a story based on hannahbee's thoughts on self-fulfilling prophecies, and a quick scripted tale came to mind.]


INT. CHINESE RESTAURANT


(A young woman, SARA, in her twenties is sitting at a table with a friend, YVONNE, another young woman in her twenties. It’s raining outside. They’re almost done with their meal, and are laughing at a shared joke; SARA’s laugh is shyer, while YVONNE’s is more boisterous. SARA generally is meeker than YVONNE in manner and speech, although not quite mousy; YVONNE’s clothes are bolder, however. The SERVER brings the check and two fortune cookies.)


SARA: Oh yay, fortune cookies!


YVONNE: (laughing, mildly rebuking) Sara, fortune cookies are so fake! They’re not really Chinese, you know. They were invented in California!


SARA: (breaking into cookie, lightly shrugging) But they’re fun.


YVONNE: I’m just saying! (breaking open her cookie) “Be kind to strangers.” Oh wow, thanks, cookie. What does yours say?


SARA: (reads to herself) Oh, gosh.


YVONNE: (getting out her cash to pay her check) (sounding bored) I hope it’s better than mine.


SARA: “Get your mind set — confidence will lead you on.” (She slightly emphasises the “will”)


YVONNE: Seriously? (scoffs) That’s so corny. (eats her cookie, forgetting the paper; YVONNE isn't mean, she just can't relate to SARA when it comes to wanting to believe in signs and needing confidence)


SARA: (hastily gets out cash for her check) (quietly, almost absently) Yeah, pretty corny. (We see her putting the fortune in her jacket pocket, betraying her seemingly absent attitude)


(They get up to leave. YVONNE leads the way, with a casual stride. In the entryway of the restaurant are some bulletins. One is for rock climbing, and features encouraging slogans. There are tabs hanging from the bulletin with information on the rock climbing studio, and SARA pauses to take one. YVONNE stops to see what the delay is, as SARA pockets the tab in her jacket.)


YVONNE: What’s that?


SARA: Just… a thing. (She catches up to Yvonne with a smile)


YVONNE: So yeah, anyway -- (trail off as they walk down the sidewalk, away, YVONNE gossiping)


AT SARA’S HOUSE, SARA is in her room, alone, shedding her jacket. She takes the fortune and the tab of paper out, and looks at them, clearly thinking. She bites her lip, looking torn. After some contemplation, she closes her eyes, tilts her head up as she sighs, then opens her eyes and nods, looking gradually more resolute. We see that on the bulletin board behind her in her room there are a couple of photographs of people climbing cliff faces, as if torn out of outdoor magazines. As if she doesn’t want to lose the moment, SARA hastily puts on her jacket, and, holding the tab, quickly leaves the room, now with an air of purpose. The fortune flutters to land text-up on her bed.)

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The nature of monogamy (the practice of having only one mate, or a marriage between two people), the difficulties of monogamy, etc.

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