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paper • drives me • tabloid
mind • glossy • subscribe
  1. How many different fitness magazines do you to?
  2. I'm kind of tired tonight. I wouldn't just staying home.
  3. I can't believe you read that magazine. It's just full of articles about celebrities.
  4. Some of the stories in this are just ridiculous.
  5. It nuts that he doesn't call when he says he's going to.
  6. There was an article about the new stadium in this morning's.
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416 Newspapers
Simon and Todd discuss newspapers.

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I looked at the headlines today first just to see if the earthquake was in the paper.

Used like this 'paper' is a short way of saying newspaper. Notice the following:

  1. He reads the paper every day while he drinks his coffee.
  2. I used to buy a paper on my way to work, but now I just read it online.

drives me nuts

It drives me nuts that I can't turn and fold the paper in the crowded train.

If something 'drives you nuts' it makes you frustrated or irritated. Notice the following:

  1. Sometimes the way that she speaks to people just drives me nuts.
  2. He leaves his dirty socks all over the room and it drives me nuts.


Do you prefer the tabloid style paper or the traditional paper?

A 'tabloid' is a type of newspaper that focuses on gossip or celebrities. In some places, the information that appears in tabloid newspapers is false. Notice the following:

  1. Do you actually believe everything you read in the tabloids?
  2. She buys a tabloid every time she goes to the supermarket.

wouldn't mind

I wouldn't mind if my paper changed to that style.

We can use the phrase ' I wouldn't mind' if something would not bother us or it is not a problem for us. Notice the following:

  1. I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you brought a friend with you.
  2. I wouldn't mind working so late if I didn't have to wake up so early.

glossy stories

Some tabloid prints just glossy stories with pictures and usually celebrity news.

Used like this, 'glossy' means superficial or something that is not really important, but is interesting gossip for many people. Something 'glossy' attracts attention of readers. Notice the following:

  1. There were many glossy stories about Amy Winehouse's life and death.
  2. Beauty salons are always full of magazines with glossy stories.

subscribe to

Do you subscribe to the newspaper or just buy one every day?

If you 'subscribe' to a newspaper or a magazine that means that you receive it each time a new issue comes out. Usually it is delivered to your house. Notice the following:

  1. They had subscribed to National Geographic for over 15 years.
  2. I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone magazine, but I never really read it.