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income disparity • right off the bat • activist • put up • alienate • play it safe
  1. His topics of conversation always seem to people.
  2. I knew that we were going to get along.
  3. She has been a human rights for a few years now.
  4. There is a large in our company between the clerical workers and the management.
  5. You should and bring a little more money than you think you will need.
  6. Can I an advertisement on this wall?
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986 Touchy Topics
Greg asks Todd why elllo has so few controversial topics.

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income disparity

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like income disparity

Income disparity measures the difference in income between rich and poor people. Notice the following:

  1. Economists warn that income disparity will continue to grow if the government fails to act.
  2. Male-female income disparity remains a problem in the United States.

right off the bat

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Right off the bat I knew.

The phrase 'right off the bat' means immediately. Here are two samples:

  1. Just looking at his clothes, right of the bat I knew that he was American.
  2. As soon as the teacher began the lesson, I knew right off the bat that this would not be an easy class.

animal activists

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Animal activists would be offended.

'Animal activists' are people who are concerned with the treatment of animals and work hard to bring about positive change. Notice the samples:

  1. Many animal activists disagree with using animals for medical research.
  2. Animal activists have been battling the fur industry for years.

put stuff up

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You can put stuff up online.

When Todd talks about 'putting stuff up', he means posting it on elllo. Here are some samples:

  1. elllo's a fun site so I try not to put stuff up that might make people angry.
  2. Visit elllotweet where Todd puts stuff up about what's going on with the site.

alienate

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It's so easy to alienate people.

When you alienate people, you cause them to stop supporting or agreeing with you. Notice the samples:

  1. It's easy to alienate people when you discuss politics, religion or other touchy topics.
  2. Animal activists sometimes alienate people with their strong beliefs.

play it safe

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I just play it safe.

To play it safe means to be careful, not to take risks or do something dangerous.  Notice the following:

  1. Politics can be interesting, but it's a touchy topic so I just play it safe and don't put it up on the site.
  2. I'm not sure where the bus goes so let's just play it safe and take a taxi.
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