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blind • yang • therapeutic
uneasy • freaked • junkie • geek • fling
  1. I think traveling alone would make me feel a bit .
  2. You sound like such a when you talk about computers.
  3. He gets frustrated when other people are messy, but he has a spot for his own mess.
  4. Her experience with teaching was more of a . She didn't do it very long
  5. She's been completely out since her house was robbed.
  6. Our personalities are like yin and , but we balance each other well.
  7. I am a real coffee .
  8. Many people do yoga, because it's and reduces stress.
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1238 More Freaks

Julia and Todd continue their discussion of names for people with certain traits.

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worry wart

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Are you a worry wart?

A 'worry wart' is a person who worries too much about everything, especially small things that he shouldn't worry about. Notice the following:

  1. She is annoying to travel with, because she is such a worry wart.
  2. If you continue to be such a worry wart, you will miss out on a lot of incredible experiences.

Note: This word is found in #1238

insomnia

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Sometimes I get insomnia, and I know it's because my brain is worrying about stuff.

You have 'insomnia' when you are unable to fall asleep or get enough sleep, usually for many days in a row. Notice the following:

  1. I suffer from insomnia, and I haven't been sleeping very well recently.
  2. He has problems with insomnia because of all the traveling he does for work.

Note: This word is found in #1238

tendency

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I have that natural tendency, I think.

Your 'tendency' is what you naturally do. Notice the following:

  1. It is kind of his tendency to lie about stupid things.
  2. If I have the option, I have a tendency to sleep late.

Note: This word is found in #1238

blind spot

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I don't see mess. It's like a blind spot.

A 'blind spot' is an area that you can't see. Here, Julia is saying that she doesn't see mess. Notice the following:

  1. Many women have blind spots in the area of things that need to be fixed on cars.
  2. Chores that need to be done around the house are a big blind spot for him.

yin and yang

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So you guys are like yin and yang?

'Yin and yang' is just used to show that Julia and her husband are very opposite in the area of cleaning and messiness. Notice the following:

  1. Although we are like yin and yang, we have been best friends for over 10 years.
  2. They are business partners, but they are like yin and yang about everything.

therapeutic

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Cleaning up is sort of a therapeutic thing for him.

In this case, 'therapeutic' means something that makes you feel better. Cleaning is like therapy, because it makes you feel more organized. Notice the following:

  1. Many people do exercise, because it's therapeutic in the way it clears your mind.
  2. Crying once in a while can be very therapeutic.

uneasy

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If there's a mess going on, he feels uneasy.

When you are 'uneasy,' you feel uncomfortable or disturbed. Notice the following:

  1. This whole situation makes me feel a little uneasy.
  2. What's wrong? You look very uneasy.

freaked out

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If everything is too tidy and neat, I get a bit freaked out

You are 'freaked out' when you feel anxious or nervous. Notice the following:

  1. My cat gets really freaked out when there are too many people in the house.
  2. I don't want you to get freaked out, but I think that car is following us.

junkie

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Are you a video game junkie or a TV junkie?

A 'junkie' is a person who is addicted to something, in this case, television or video games. Notice the following:

  1. Some people are real Facebook junkies.
  2. She is a celebrity magazine junkie. She subscribes to all of them.

fling

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I had a brief, intense fling with TechM.

Here, a 'fling' is a short period of time when you do something that you want without worrying about holding yourself back. It can also mean a short relationship. Notice the following:

  1. During my fling with that band I followed them everywhere.
  2. They had a two-week fling after high school, but it was nothing serious.
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