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986 Touchy Topics
Greg asks Todd why elllo has so few controversial topics.

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income disparity


like income disparity

Income disparity measures the difference in income between rich and poor people. Notice the following:

  1. Economists warn that income disparity will continue to grow if the government fails to act.
  2. Male-female income disparity remains a problem in the United States.

right off the bat


Right off the bat I knew.

The phrase 'right off the bat' means immediately. Here are two samples:

  1. Just looking at his clothes, right of the bat I knew that he was American.
  2. As soon as the teacher began the lesson, I knew right off the bat that this would not be an easy class.

animal activists


Animal activists would be offended.

'Animal activists' are people who are concerned with the treatment of animals and work hard to bring about positive change. Notice the samples:

  1. Many animal activists disagree with using animals for medical research.
  2. Animal activists have been battling the fur industry for years.

put stuff up


You can put stuff up online.

When Todd talks about 'putting stuff up', he means posting it on elllo. Here are some samples:

  1. elllo's a fun site so I try not to put stuff up that might make people angry.
  2. Visit elllotweet where Todd puts stuff up about what's going on with the site.



It's so easy to alienate people.

When you alienate people, you cause them to stop supporting or agreeing with you. Notice the samples:

  1. It's easy to alienate people when you discuss politics, religion or other touchy topics.
  2. Animal activists sometimes alienate people with their strong beliefs.

play it safe


I just play it safe.

To play it safe means to be careful, not to take risks or do something dangerous.  Notice the following:

  1. Politics can be interesting, but it's a touchy topic so I just play it safe and don't put it up on the site.
  2. I'm not sure where the bus goes so let's just play it safe and take a taxi.