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swirly • sweetener • fatty
crunchy • defeating
  1. I know cheese is really , but it's delicious.
  2. You are the purpose of your diet if you are just going to go back to eating the same after you lose weight.
  3. Please buy me some of that peppermint candy.
  4. There is too much in this coffee. I can't drink it.
  5. Do you want something to put on top of your salad like nuts or croutons.
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683 Breakfast
Adrienne discusses what she usually has for breakfast and what she sometimes makes.

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Do you get the fruit-swirly kind or just the plain white yogurt?

A 'swirly' kind of yogurt would have fruit mixed in with normal yogurt in a circular pattern. Notice the following:

  1. I love the swirly kind of ice cream.
  2. The swirly look of these cookies is so pretty.


The sweetened yogurt tastes too chemical to me, because it has sweeteners and things like that.

'Sweeteners' are things like sugar or Splenda that make food taste sweet. Notice the following:

  1. There are sugar packets and sweeteners over there on the counter.
  2. Do you like sweetener in your coffee?


Turkey bacon is bacon made out of turkey meat, so it's not as fatty.

Something that is 'fatty' has a lot of fat on it and is usually bad for you because it has a lot of oil. Notice the following:

  1. The meat in this restaurant is too fatty for me.
  2. I didn't realize that this pizza was so fatty.

crunchier / crispier

I prefer turkey bacon because it's crunchier, it's crispier.

You know that chips are 'crunchy' because of the sound they make when you chew them. Something that is 'crispy' breaks very easily, because it is hard and fragile. Notice the following:

  1. These cookies are crunchier than usual.
  2. I prefer reduced fat chips, because they are crispier than the ones with lots of fat.

defeat the purpose

My mom cooks it with regular bacon, so it kind of defeats the purpose of being healthy.

You 'defeat the purpose' of something when your actions go against your intentions. Looking at the example, if the motivation is to eat healthier and you are eating turkey bacon because it is healthier, it doesn't help you reach your goal if you good healthy turkey bacon with fatty regular bacon. Notice the following:

  1. It partially defeats the purpose of studying abroad to learn a new language if you just speak your native language with all of your friends.
  2. Eating lots of cookies after you exercise really defeats the purpose.