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in a hurry • both ways • you mean
big talker • personal • juvenile
  1. I stay in contact , although I prefer email.
  2. It's so to start a fight with me via SMS.
  3. Every time I see her she is .
  4. Calling someone is a lot more than online chat.
  5. I can see what about people liking her right away.
  6. She's not a , especially not on the telephone.
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882 Text Messaging
Jake and Lindsay discuss text messaging versus using the phone.

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in a hurry

I call someone if I'm in a hurry.

To be 'in a hurry' means to move quickly, usually because we are late.  Notice the following:

  1. I often forget things when I'm in a hurry.
  2. She was in a hurry so she couldn't talk.

go both ways

I go both ways.

To 'go both ways' means to use two ways to do the same thing. Here, Lindsay SMSs and calls.  Notice the following:

  1. Study in the morning or evening? I go both ways.
  2. I could go both ways on that.

I see what you mean

I can see what you mean.

'I see what you mean' is the same as saying 'I understand what you mean'.  Notice the following:

  1. I see what you mean. It is more difficult.
  2. I see what you mean about the new teacher.

I'm not a big talker

I'm not a big talker on the phone.

Someone who is not a 'big talker' doesn't chat for a long periods of time on the phone.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm not a big talker so I SMS a lot.
  2. Dad's not a big talker. He doesn't own a mobile.

a more personal touch

I call people because it adds a more personal touch.

A 'personal touch' is something extra we do to make someone feel special. In this case, it's personal contact, not a text message.  Notice the following:

  1. Emoticons add a more personal touch to e-mails.
  2. How can we add a more personal touch to our website?


It's juvenile to text message someone.

'Juvenile' means like a child. We often use 'juvenile' to talk about adults who act like children  Notice the following:

  1. I think using emoticons in e-mail is juvenile.
  2. My dad says computer games are juvenile.