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"Ben is my given name, and E-Z Stomper is my street name."
"We're still getting used to feeling patriotic."
"These are your friends the Erskines, sir. Madam kisses both of them. You kiss her and you shake his hand. Then you wink and say, 'Hey, how about those Yankees?' "
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"I've bought home some work, which I'll be doing in my study. See you in the morning. Good night."
Tags:couple, couples, husband and wife, husbands and wives, marriages, long term relationship, long term relationship, long-term relationship, long-term relationships, bad relationship, bad relationships, grown apart, growing apart, small talk, small-talk, conversations, conversations, neglect, neglectful, tired, tiredness, exhaustion, monotony, monotonous, modern life, modern times, repetition, repetitive, repetitiveness, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers, desk job, desk jobs
"Have you met my backstory?"
"So, how long have you been old?"
Tags:ageing, aging, ageing process, aging process, old, oldness, old age, old-age, old-aged, ageism, ageist, generation gap, generation gaps, self-conscious, elderly, senior citizen, senior citizens, oap, oaps, pensioner, pensioners, senior, seniors, small talk, small-talk, rude, rudeness, bad manners, rude manners, cocktail party, cocktail parties, socially awkward, social awkwardness
"She's promiscuous. She's in five book groups."
"You look good, Al, in a midlife-crisis-y sort of way."
"You're a latitude-and-longitude person, which will be helpful to you, I'm sure, in 1992."
Tags:date, dates, dating, bad date, bad dates, dating disaster, dating disasters, small talk, small-talk, map, maps, latitude, longitude, coordinates, coordinate, geographical coordinates, geographical coordinate system, gps, sat nav, technology, obsolete knowledge, obsolete skill, obsolete skills, obsolete technology, belittle, belittling, snide comment, snide comments, snipes, snipe
"Who am I to question our government's policies? I'll tell you who I am! I'm Bernard A. Nesbitt, who reads the 'Times,' the 'Wall Street Journal,' the 'Post,' 'Newsweek,' 'Time,' 'Business Week,' 'U.S.News & World Report,' 'Look,' 'Life,' and 'Saturday Evening Post.' That's who I am!"
Tags:current events, current event, news report, news reports, news story, news stories, government policy, government policies, informed, news show, news shows, informed reader, news program, news programs, political events, political event, headline, headlines, magazine, magazines, cocktail party, cocktail parties, small talk, small-talk, critic, critics, critical, cynic, cynics, political opposition, political opponent, political opponents, political view, political views, informed voter, informed voters, qualification, qualifications, opinion, opinions, opinionated, unqualified, armchair expert, armchair experts, expert, experts, expertise
The Schmoozy Reaper
Tags:grim, grims, grim reaper, grim reapers, reaper, reapers, angel of death, embodiment of death, schmooze, schmoozing, schmoozy, schmoozed, charm, charms, charmer, charmers, charming, small talk, small-talk, politeness, polite, good manners, mythical creature, mythical creatures, mythical being, mythical beings
"In my country, street crime is virtually unknown. This is perhaps because we have constructed very few streets."
"I just got into a serious relationship. . . with the Southern District of New York."
"What might you have written that I might say I've read?"
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"Donald is an appendicitis survivor, too."
Tags:appendicitis, appendix, appendixes, medicine, medical, survive, survivor, overreaction, overreact, trauma, traumatic, shared traumas, small talk, small-talk, medical procedure, medical procedures, shared interest, shared interests, conversation starter, conversation skill, conversation skills, conversation starters, medical problem, medical problems, health problem, health problems, appendectomy, appendectomies, conversations, converse
"Here comes fury without purpose."
"I don't usually tell people I'm a writer because I've never actually written anything."
"I'm a voracious amasser of reading material."
"Funny, you don't look hawkish."
Tags:personality type, personality types, personality, personalities, hawkish, hawkish appearance, hawkish appearances, hawkish personality, hawkish personalities, dinner party, dinner parties, hawkish nose, hawkish noses, dinner guest, dinner guests, small talk, small-talk, expectation, expectations
"Wow! The big guy! And what kind of B.T.U.s am I looking at here?"
Tags:btu, b.t.u., british thermal unit, british thermal units, cooker, cookers, radiator, radiators, grill, grills, oven, ovens, hob, hobs, dinner party, dinner parties, house party, house parties, cocktail party, cocktail parties, showing off, kitchen appliance, kitchen appliances, boring, small talk, small-talk, show off, show-off, engineer, engineers
Tags:small talk, small-talk, making small talk, making small-talk, weather, the weather, hell, purgatory, catholic beliefs, catholicism, catholic, catholics, punishment, punishments, sin, sinner, sinners, sins, converse, conversation, in purgatory, limbo, in limbo, british weather, char chatting, re teachers, re teacher, rs teacher, rs teachers
"Don't talk to him. He's some crazy moderate."
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"What did you think of that book that I already know everyone else in the world's opinion about?"
"Whatever you do, please don't edit yourself."
Tags:edit, editing yourself, date, dates, self-censor, self-censorship, self-censored, self censor, self censorship, self censored, self edit, self-edit, self-editing, self editing, first date, first dates, love life, getting to know each over, small talk, small-talk, personality type, personality types