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  1. All of his friends are .
  2. The amount of caffeine in that drink is to about 3 cups of coffee.
  3. He comes from a very hard-working, town with lots of factories.
  4. They are a lot like a TV family.
  5. Watching television is not a very use of your time.
  6. people usually work in the city but live in the suburbs.
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1223 Soccer Moms

Todd talks with Julia about the concept of Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads.

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productive

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Soccer moms try to have their children doing productive things.

Here, 'productive' activities refer to things that children can do that teach them and help with development. Notice the following:

  1. You need to try to be more productive during your time at work.
  2. I had a very productive day today.

affluent

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A soccer mom is an affluent, middle class type of person.

In this case, 'affluent' means a person who has a lot of money. Notice the following:

  1. He grew up in a very affluent family.
  2. This is a very affluent area, so we don't have to worry much about crime.

equivalent

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Now we have the equivalent to a soccer mom, which is a NASCAR dad.

When one thing is 'equivalent' to another, they are basically equal. Notice the following:

  1. We are looking for someone to do about 300 hours of work, which is equivalent to almost 2 months of full-time work.
  2. 13 Mexican pesos is equivalent to 1 U.S. dollar.

good-old-boy

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He's like a good-old-boy father.

The phrase 'good-old-boy' is used to refer to a man who is humble and generally well thought of in his area. Notice the following:

  1. My grandfather is kind of a good-old-boy around here.
  2. He's a good-old-boy father who teaches his kids to fish and play baseball.

blue-collar

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A NASCAR dad is blue-collar.

A 'blue-collar' worker is someone who works in a factory job or one that requires a lot of physical labor and not much formal education. Notice the following:

  1. Most of his family works in blue-collar jobs.
  2. Almost all of the available jobs in this area are blue-collar.

TV sitcom dad

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He's kind of like your typical TV sitcom dad, I guess.

A 'sitcom' is a type of television show that uses real life situations to create comedy. A 'TV sitcom dad' would act or look the same as a stereotypical dad on television. Notice the following:

  1. Some of the TV sitcom dads are really dumb.
  2. Her dad is basically like a TV sitcom dad.
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