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blossoms • touching • nasty
eye candy • what's up
  1. My parents never let me watch movies with crazy stuff in them.
  2. Do you think it's okay for children to see soft on television?
  3. She would never cheat on her husband, but she does like a little sometimes.
  4. with this horrible music on the radio today?
  5. It will be a few more years before she into a young woman.
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671 Movies, Romance, and Dinosaurs
Wendi talks with Ken about his favorite movies.

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I watched that movie when I was in 9th grade, just blossoming into adulthood.

Here, 'blossoming' is similar in meaning to developing. When you blossom into something else, you are changing into that thing slowly. Notice the following:

  1. Most people go through kind of an ugly phase when they are blossoming into adulthood.
  2. Nobody expected her to blossom into such a beautiful woman.

soft touching

I find Titanic to be a movie that is just soft touching.

In this case, 'soft touching' refers to the sexual encounters between the characters in Titanic, which were new and exciting for Ken. Notice the following:

  1. In this movie, there are quite a few scenes with soft touching.
  2. There is almost no soft touching shown on television shows.

crazy nasty stuff

I liked the movie because it had no serious crazy nasty stuff going on.

'Crazy, nasty stuff' refers to very explicit sex scenes. Notice the following:

  1. All of his songs talk about crazy, nasty stuff.
  2. He's a good comedian who isn't interested in all of that crazy, nasty stuff.

eye candy

Titanic and that kind of movies are a little eye candy.

Attractive people can be called 'eye candy,' because they are enjoyable to look at. Notice the following:

  1. People watch his movies, because they are eye candy.
  2. This magazine doesn't have very interesting articles, but it does have some nice eye candy.

What's up with ...?

What's up with eight-year old boys being so dino-crazy?

The question phrase 'What's up with...?' is used to ask the reason for something that you think is a bit weird. Notice the following:

  1. What's up with the obsession with touch screen electronics'
  2. What's up with your hair today?