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hyper • chequered • euphemistically
hay • barn
  1. speaking, that isn't the most attractive outfit you have.
  2. It always smells like when you go inside a barn.
  3. From the information that he put on his resume, the company had no idea about his past.
  4. What kind of animals do you have in your ?
  5. My dogs are always really after being stuck inside all day.
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#533 New Home

Eucharia talk about her new house in Japan.

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I like dogs and the dog likes me so when she sees me she gets really hyper.

To be 'hyper' is to be full of uncontrollable energy.  Notice the following:

  1. I can't drink coffee now, because it makes me really hyper, and I have to sit on a bus for 7 hours.
  2. When children eat a lot of sugar, they can get really hyper.

chequered past

One part of my very, very chequered past I worked as a chef so I really enjoy cooking.

A 'chequered past' refers to a personal history with high and low points, usually referring to employment and finances.  Notice the following:

  1. After she became famous, she tried to hide the evidence of her chequered past.
  2. At one point in his chequered past he worked in security at a bar.


What I euphemistically call a work area.

To speak 'euphemistically' is to use euphemisms to express what you really want to say.  A euphemism is a substitute word used to make a statement more mild or less offensive.  For example, 'pass away' is a euphemism for die. Notice the following:

  1. If he had told me his opinions of the company directly, rather than speaking euphemistically, I wouldn't have worked there.
  2. Euphemistically speaking, it's a little cold outside today.


It’s all really fresh and it smells like hay to me.

'Hay' is a type of long grass that horses eat.  It is a golden brown color and is stored in big blocks or rolls and used to feed animals.  Notice the following:

  1. After my trip to the farm, I was finding hay in my hair for the next week.
  2. The horse ate the hay from the little boy's hand.


I know it’s bamboo. It’s like sleeping in a barn!

A 'barn' is a building on a farm where the animals live.  Notice the following:

  1. There is a big, red barn in front of my house.
  2. We are going to have a big party with square dancing in the barn.  You should come!


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