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awkward • cleverly • active
mentioning • de-friended
  1. You keep your ex-girlfriend, and I think you miss her.
  2. He her on Facebook after they broke up.
  3. She has never been on any of the social media websites.
  4. They were so impressed by his worded cover letter that they offered him a job immediately.
  5. Their first date was a little , because they were both nervous.
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Maria and Alex talk about how their family members use social media.

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awkward

It gets kind of awkward.

In this case, 'awkward' refers to something that is socially uncomfortable. Notice the following:

  1. He is a bit awkward when you first meet him, but he's really funny once you get to know him.
  2. It's always a bit awkward to see someone you haven't seen in a while.

cleverly worded

I always get these long mails like that's cleverly worded.

When something is 'cleverly worded,' it is written in an intelligent, funny or witty way. Notice the following:

  1. His cleverly worded comments always make me laugh.
  2. They are known for their cleverly worded advertisements.

active

What about Twitter? I'm not active.

If you are not 'active' in something, it means that you are not a member or you don't participate in it. Notice the following:

  1. He used to be active on MySpace, but he closed his account.
  2. Are you active on Facebook, or do you just have an account?

keeps mentioning

I don't know if he wants to start a Twitter account, because he keeps mentioning that it's kind of a good idea.

When someone 'keeps mentioning' something, it means that they talk about it a number of times over a short amount of time. Notice the following:

  1. He keeps mentioning the school that he goes to, because he wants to impress me.
  2. I think she keeps mentioning her trip to the Caribbean just to make me jealous.

de-friend

Have you ever wanted to de-friend your parents on Facebook?

'De-friend' is not an actual word in the dictionary, but it has become commonly used in recent years.  When you are a member of a social media site, you can choose your friends on that site who can view your information. When you 'de-friend' someone, it means that they can no longer view your information on the site. Notice the following:

  1. He doesn't have very many friends on Facebook because he's always de-friending people.
  2. I haven't seen or talked to her in years, but I'm still surprised that she de-friended me.

 

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