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impression • feedback • slap
symbol • ill-researched
  1. I used information to make my decision, and that was huge mistake.
  2. My first was that the house was too small, but it is a lot bigger than it looks.
  3. My teacher gave me a lot of negative about my presentation.
  4. Tommy! Don't your sister. That's not nice.
  5. What does the on your necklace mean?
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667 Tattoo Reaction
Rina talks about how people often react to her tattoos.

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What are people's impressions of you when they see your tattoos?

The 'impressions' that people have about you are what they think of you the first time they meet or see you. The impression that we form is our first reaction to something. Notice the following:

  1. What was your first impression of this city?
  2. He usually makes a very good first impression.

negative feedback

Some people are interested, but I also get negative feedback from others.

You receive 'negative feedback' when you are not doing something the right way. In this case, many some people do not accept tattoos. Notice the following:

  1. His most recent movie received some really negative feedback.
  2. We have gotten a lot of negative feedback about our new idea.


I had people just give me dirty looks, and I had one gentleman slap my wrist.

When you 'slap' someone, you hit them with the inside part of your open hand. Notice the following:

  1. Ouch! That really hurt when you slapped my leg.
  2. I don't know what he said to her that made her slap him on the face.


Some people want a symbol of a car brand tattooed on them.

A 'symbol' is an image that represents something. Notice the following:

  1. What does this symbol mean?
  2. It would be hard for me to live in a place where all the writing is in symbols.


Some people get those Chinese characters, and it's really ill-researched.

When you don't investigate something as well as you should, then it is 'ill-researched.' Here, Rina is saying that people don't investigate well enough what a Chinese symbol means and they get it put on their body forever. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the facts in his paper were ill-researched and not true.
  2. I can't believe their company made an ill-researched mistake like that.