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globe • amenity • glitches
upgrade • rambling
  1. When you are planning an event, you have to learn to expect a few.
  2. A GPS is one I couldn't live without in my car.
  3. They usually travel across the a couple times a year for work.
  4. I kind of lose interest when he starts about things.
  5. It's not a new car, but it's an from my last one.
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471 Computers
Simon gives his thoughts about computers.

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across the globe

With computers, you can communicate with your friends 24 hours a day across the globe.

'Across the globe' is another way to say the 'other side of the world.' Notice the following:

  1. It's crazy that I'm talking to you across the globe, and it sounds like you're in the next room.
  2. Weren't you scared to travel across the globe?


Computers are really an amenity that's been a big part of most people's lives.

An 'amenity' is something that provides comfort or convenience.  Notice the following:

  1. Wireless internet and a business center are a couple of the amenities we offer here.
  2. We are looking for an apartment with a few more amenities than this one.


Computers never seem to run smoothly all the time, and there's always little glitches.

A 'glitch' is a small problem that prevents things from happening or functioning exactly how they should. Notice the following:

  1. The party was fantastic, and there were only a few small glitches.
  2. When you own a computer for a long time, you will figure out all its little glitches.


Programs are getting easier and better, and you always have to upgrade.

When you 'upgrade' a program or an item, you get a newer or better version.  Notice the following:

  1. I think it's time that you upgrade your wardrobe a little bit.
  2. Would you like to upgrade your cell phone today?


Hey, there's my little ramble about computers, but all in all, they're good.

When you 'ramble' on about something, you talk about it without having any real sense of direction in your speech.  Notice the following:

  1. I have been just rambling for about 5 minutes here.
  2. Don't get him started. He can ramble on forever about politics.