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Issue 40130 September 2015

Weekly Poll

Are you a "yes" person or a "no" person?

"Yes" people have a strong need to be liked and accepted by everyone. They are often very attentive, likeable, funny and outgoing. Yes-people often believe that turning someone down makes them "bad".

"No" people say "no" to many ideas except their own. They often have a negative attitude which is elicited by others' attempts to solve a problem or improve a situation. They frequently say something like, "It won't work" or "They'll never let us do it." "No" people expect the worst, so they are never disappointed...they are often disappointed in advance.

Share your thoughts and feel free to add some ideas if you have another opinion.

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go crazy, to lose control


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Word of the Day


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What does the abbreviation PDF stand for?

e.g. Please send me the pictures in JPG format because my computer cannot open PDF files.


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jump at something -

E.g. She jumped at the new job offer.

Confusing words

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SENSIBLE - having an awareness or understanding of a situation


It wasn’t very sensible to leave the car unlocked.

That's a very sensible suggestion.


SENSITIVE - easily influenced, changed or damaged, especially by a physical activity or effect; easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people to be upset, embarrassed or angry


Some people's teeth are highly sensitive to cold.

Sensitive skin can be defined as skin that is easily irritated.

Robert is too sensitive to criticism.


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