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barbell • paranoid • self-conscious
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  1. She is about checking private websites on public computers.
  2. It drives my mom that my brother leaves his things everywhere.
  3. There was a loud crash from the back of the gym when he dropped the .
  4. He is not your typical teenager. He is actually very confident.
  5. It is very annoying when people extra seats for their bags when there are people standing.
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1157 Gyms and Fitness

Nathan talks with Julia about how he likes exercise, but not going to the gym.

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The gym I go to doesn't have a proper barbell.

A 'barbell' is a long metal rod used for lifting weights. Notice the following:

  1. I don't go to the gym, because I have a barbell and weight set in the basement.
  2. We usually use the weight machines instead of the barbells.



Number one, I get really paranoid.

When you are 'paranoid,' about something, you are really worried about it.  Usually we use the word paranoid to describe unreasonable fears or worries. Notice the following:

  1. Being alone in an unfamiliar house makes her very paranoid.
  2. After he was robbed, he became very paranoid about people following him.



Paranoid or self-conscious?

You are 'self-conscious' when you don't feel like you are doing something well or you feel like other people are watching you and maybe laughing at you.  Notice the following:

  1. He only dances when he drinks, because he's very self-conscious about his dance moves.
  2. She liked to be the center of attention when she was a child, but now she is very self-conscious.



You can't do that if the machines or the weights are being hogged.

If someone 'hogs' something, they continue using it so that nobody else can use it.  Notice the following:

  1. I share a car with my brother, but he hogs it all the time.
  2. You have been hogging the computer all day. Can I please check my email.

drives me nuts


That kind of drives me nuts.

Something that 'drives you nuts' bothers you or makes you feel crazy. Notice the following:

  1. It drives her nuts when he acts like this.
  2. This song drives me completely nuts.