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  1. People shopping for the holidays really look like with their trolleys.
  2. I tried to read that book, but I didn't finish because it was boring.
  3. A shoe size would make shopping on the internet much easier.
  4. It was pretty obvious from her response that she doesn't have a what she's talking about.
  5. It me nuts the way he never looks at me when he's talking.
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787 Dislikes Shopping

Shona talks about items which she does not like to shop for.

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incredibly boring

I just find it incredibly boring and I just like to get in and out of the supermarket as quickly as possible.

When you find something 'incredibly boring,' it means that you have no interest in it and it therefore does not hold your attention.

Notice the following:

  1. I have always found studying incredibly boring.
  2. What if he finds me incredibly boring?

I don't have a clue what they are

There are just so many items, that I don't have a clue what they are.

'I don't have a clue what they are' means that you have no knowledge about certain things.

Notice the following:

  1. I have seen them before, but I don't have a clue who they are.
  2. They look really old, but I don't have a clue what they are.

zombies with their trolleys

The lighting in supermarkets is just too bright for me, and everyone's walking around like zombies with their trolleys.

'Zombies with their trolleys' refers to the way in which shoppers at supermarkets look so bored that they resemble the living dead.

Notice the following:

  1. I hate going to the supermarket, because all the people look like zombies with their trolleys.
  2. The supermarket near me is open 24 hours a day, and in the middle of the night the shoppers look like zombies with their trolleys.

drives me nuts

In Japan, where we live now, it's not so fun because I can't read and it really drives me nuts.

When something 'drives you nuts,' it means that it annoys you.

Notice the following:

  1. The way you have to queue for a checkout drives me nuts.
  2. It drives me nuts the way that you sing when you are in the shower.

a universal shoe size

If the United Nations does anything, they should make a universal shoe size.

A 'universal shoe size' refers to Todd's wish that there should be an international shoe measuring system.

Notice the following:

  1. I wish their was a universal shoe size, as I find it very confusing.
  2. There should be a universal shoe size as I find it hard to remember what the continental sizes are.

 

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