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"The tone of the letter is stern, almost threatening, but - see here? - he signs with a smiley face, so I think we may be alright."
Tags:memo, memos, written communication, written communications, letter, letters, non verbal communication, non-verbal communications, subtext, subtexts, stern, tone, analysis, lawyer, lawyers, literary criticism, literary critics, attorney, attorneys, tones, sternness, smiley, smileys, smiley face, smiley faces, emoticon, emoticons, literary analysis, deconstruction
"He's all right, but I'm looking for a guy who can really make me laugh."
Tags:dates, dating, date, looking for love, looking for a man, looking for a guy, good sense of humour, good sense of humor, painting, paintings, famous painting, famous paintings, girl with a pearl earring, johannes vermeer, grant wood, mona lisa, leonardo da vinci, de vinci, stern, no sense of humour, art, artist, artists, art historian, art historians
"Very amusing, Robertson, if I were the type to be amused."
Tags:business, businessman, businessmen, boss, bosses, executive, executives, exec, execs, manager, managers, management, office, offices, office life, employee, employees, worker, workers, strict, grumpy, moody, unamused, amusing, unimpressed, serious, severe, stern, tough, humourless, humorless, report, reports, document, documents, paperwork
Stern looking woman sitting at a service window labeled "Complaints".
Tags:complain, complaint, complaints, complaining, customer service, service, complaints department, complaints departments, customer service department, customer service departments, criticism, stern, frowning, angry, strict, glaring, scary, intimidating, intimidation, threatening, scary, clerk, clerks, staff, business, businesses, company, companies, corporation, corporations
"Welcome to St. Croix! And if you forgot anything the stern is still docked in St. Thomas."
Tags:cruise line, cruise lines, cruise, cruises, ship, ships, cruise ship, cruise ships, west indies, st. croix, st. thomas, caribbean, island, islands, island hopping, island hopper, island hoppers, stern, bow, enormous, large, huge, jumbo, jumbo size, oversize, oversized, excessive, excess, convenience, pack, packs, packing, remember, remembering, forgotten, forgotten item
A No-Nonsense Guy with His No-Nonsense Wife and Their No-Nonsense Dog
Tags:animal, animals, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, dog, dogs, canine, canines, dog owner, dog owners, relationship, relationship, marriage, marriages, married life, couple, couples, husband, husbands, wife, wives, spouse, spouses, similar, psychology, lookalike, lookalikes, compatible, compatibility, complementary, matching, no-nonsense, serious, stern, mean, strict, crossed arms, attitude, attitudes, family, families
"You can get a tattoo over my dead body!"
"And don't go auctioning off my stuff."
Tags:death, dying, dies, dead, deathbed, death bed, auction, auctioning, auctions, sell, selling, jackie kennedy onassis, greed, greedy, wealthy, wealth, old age, aging, family, families, relative, relatives, dying wish, dying wishes, last wish, last wishes, final wish, final wishes, ill, terminal, order, instruction, stern
Speaking your mind, on a boat ('Bow!'... 'Stern')
Tags:boat, bow, stern, front, back, ship, sailing, nautical, navigation, navigating, considering, consideration, superior, boss, bosses, bullying, command, leadership, poor, bully, subordinate, subservient, wordplay, pun, at sea, hierarchy, bureaucracy, pecking order, masculinity, masculine, superior, superiority
'Let me remind you that all my patients who went for a second opinion are now pshing up daisies.'
'I'm going to dictate a stern letter of reprimand for Watkins, but let's soften the blow with a Comic Sans font.'
A Flower is about to executed by Secateurs
'Well, that's it - you can wake up now, it's time for bed!'
'And now for the last question. How do you get along with people?'
'I'm ignorant? You mean...Forrest Gump ignorant or media coverage of Anna Nicole Smith's death ignorant?!'
I swear my grandfather's scowl is getting worse