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"It's your turn. I've run out of pleasantries for the gauntlet."
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"Today on 'all things considered': a tree, bowling, the space-time continuum, large hats, David Duchovny, undercooked Lentils, parachutes, and the color maroon."
"It's just brains, brains, brains with that guy!"
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"Any word back from the TED conference?"
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"I don't think a focus group member can be a career."
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The new city water-cooler-discussion ordinance goes into effect, and certain employees are banished to the balcony.
"With religion and politics off the table, the only thing left to argue about is gluten."
"Summer's here. Do you want to start talking incessantly about tomatoes or corn?"
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"Barishnykov vs. Nijinsky. Have we exhausted that?"
'I don't know why she says I didn't spend enough time looking for an interesting topic. Aardvarks are interesting.'
"I want to forewarn you—tonight's topic seems to be phallocentrism, and Jessica is in a take-no-prisoners mood."
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"People who watched 'Donahue'-next on 'Geraldo'!"
After two hours of negotiations, a consensus is near on an official hashtag for the meeting.
"It's a novel about quarterly reports."
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"I can cure your back problem, but there's a risk that you'll be left with nothing to talk about."
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"Can't we just this once, for God's sake, stay on topic?"
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"Good news. You know that elephant in the room we never talk about? He's now in the other room."
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"Next on the agenda: How can we crush workers' spirit, while appearing to care?"
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Doug and Sue no longer spoke the same language.
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Worriers Support Group.
'Good grief, Martha - do we have to open that can of worms?'
"It's about sex and revenge, except for a short chapter on the Continental Congress."
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"Would you care for something to talk about during dinner?"
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"We do not discuss religion or politics in this office. I feel compelled to add to the list 'American Idol'."
"It's a new record - one minute, thirty-seven seconds before anyone mentioned Trump."
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