As a child, whenever you had a problem, you most likely went to your parents or some other adult to solve it. But as you grew up, you learned how to do things on your own. Part of being an adult is having a grasp on certain basic life skills - however, as it turns out, not every life lesson is as basic to one person as it is to the next.

The New York Times editor Jenee Desmond-Harris recently shared on Twitter her landlord's unexpected know-how blindspot, and then asked the internet to share their own. People delivered all sorts of hilarious answers, and some of them you might be able to relate to - from social skills such a the dreaded small talk to vital work skills. Scroll down to check out some of the best responses, and don't forget to upvote your faves! And don't forget to let us know in the comments, which seemingly simple things you've missed along the way.

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Amberly Middlemiss
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11 months ago (edited)

why is everyone getting down votes for saying me too??

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athornedrose
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11 months ago

coming from a big immigrant italian family, i have the worst time scaling down recipes. everything was made to feed the whole clan. making food for like 2 people is insanely difficult for me.

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Whether it’s tying our shoes, correctly reading the face of a clock or learning to swim, we’ve all had a bit of trouble getting to grips with certain important (and elementary) life skills. Some people even find basic things like fixing the plumbing or driving a car to be — well — basic. But there’s plenty of us have a lot more trouble, because we might be afraid (a lot of us may have panicked the first time we went to a community pool) or we simply might have had no need for a particular skill (we may prefer getting around by bike rather than by car if we live in busy cities).

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Oerff On Tour
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11 months ago

For some reason 1999 is still 10years ago

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Jonathon Smith
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11 months ago

Sometimes I think I've nailed this adulting lark and am now a fully formed member of the human race. Then I try talking to a stranger and realise all I've done is cocoon myself in friends who don't mind talking about D&D 24/7

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We all know the adage that it takes about 10,000 hours to learn a new skill. However, that’s not entirely true. Josh Kaufman, known for his inspiring TED talk and author of the book ‘The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast!’, has a very different idea.

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Lousha
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11 months ago

The + sign has a bump on it. The positive side of the battery is also the one with the bump. The - sign is flat. The negative end of a battery is flat as well. You're welcome!

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Stevie
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11 months ago

I once directed my friend in a car and we nearly ended up in another country....

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According to Kaufman, the so-called 10,000 rule has been misinterpreted by the vast majority of people for quite some time now. He notes that 10,000 hours is the average it takes to become “an expert in an ultra competitive field”, which is far from the same thing as learning a new skill This is good news for most of us!

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Ronel du Plessis
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11 months ago

Me too!!! I feel so dumb some times. Living in South Africa I speak Afrikaans. I call kids "pampoen" which means pumpkin. Or "piesang" which means banana. I get away with it because the kids in my karate dojo thinks it is funny. don't think adults would thinks it's funny.

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HOUSE
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11 months ago

Pretty sure that's normal

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Kaufman states that to get from “knowing nothing to being pretty good” takes a far shorter amount of time: barely 20 hours. That’s more or less practicing something for 45 minutes every day for around a month. Doesn’t seem so scary, does it? Of course, you can’t multitask while trying to learn a new skill — you need to focus on it exclusively.

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SmittenKitten
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11 months ago

Yes that is the proper and best way to shuffle cards!

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Kjorn
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11 months ago

are you my wife? because this sounded just like her :-)

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AnnaB
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11 months ago

Years ago my sister and I were taking a walk in our neighborhood and someone asked for directions to the local library. After he drove off, we realized that the directions we gave were totally wrong. We joke that to this day, you can see a rusty old car being driven by a skeleton...still looking for that library.

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Daria B
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11 months ago (edited)

The trick is to inhale with your mouth when out of water, slowly exhale through your nose while in the water. You can help yourself with humming while in the water.

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chrisgun
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11 months ago

yup!! you are not alone

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Pseudo Puppy
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11 months ago

Me too!! It's the side effect of my mother's friend terrifying me as a kid (for "fun"), by telling me that she saw a kid get their foot caught in the escalator & had it chewed off. She told me every time we went to go on an escalator. It's now an ingrained instinct, despite me logically knowing it's nonsense.

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Paul K. Johnson
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11 months ago

Fitted sheets are supposed to be folded? I just wad them up in a ball and stuff them in the linen closet.

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Daria B
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11 months ago

Riding a bike is not easy. Unlike most people I know, I'll admit, I learnt it as a young adult. And I'm so grateful for it, such a useful skill to have.

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Ronel du Plessis
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11 months ago

LOL!!! I have no sense of direction. Will get lost in my own house ;-/, but time and distance... no one can beat me at that.

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HOUSE
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11 months ago

At least they have a calm home environment

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Steve Barnett
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11 months ago

I cannot say 'similarly'. It always comes out as similarily, similaly, similarlarily etc.

AzKhaleesi
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11 months ago

awww my grandma used to not be able to say Cinnamon and I used to make her say it because it would make me giggle.

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Sheanna Caban
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11 months ago

I can't say "horror." It comes out as "whore."

Vic
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11 months ago

And I'm saying rural like Scooby Doo in my head!

Jessica-May
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11 months ago

I can't say February

ChaiDai
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11 months ago

I can't say Community, it comes out like Come you nindy. Frustrating.

Laugh Fan
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11 months ago

That one IS funny though.

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Maci Mae
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11 months ago

I can't say "museum"...I always end up saying 'muse-am'. If I want to say it right, I have to slowly say "mu...se...um". I'm so embarrassed by it that, when I'm having a conversation about mispronouncing words, I always say "I can't say the name of a place that stores old artifacts", because I don't want people to hear me butcher it lol

Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago (edited)

It helps to break it down. You already tried that. Try saying "muse" then "eum". Using the word "muse" will make your brain focus on that word instead of focusing on your nervousness.

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Petra
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11 months ago

Benedict saying penguin... :)

Tricia Evans
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11 months ago

I can’t say “chivalrous”

Kristy P
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11 months ago

So no "Rural Juror" for you? (30 Rock)

ilikeplants
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11 months ago

I thought it was Arrested Development??

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Cyd Charisse
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10 months ago

Benjin & Henges cigarettes here (Benson & Hedges). Forget it.

Lilyan
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11 months ago

I can't say Squirrel without sounding like scooby-doo as well!

Nomadus Aureus
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11 months ago

As a non-native speaker, those fuckers were "tree rats" for me for years.

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A Bringhurst
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11 months ago

Try saying “brewery” three times fast. Nope.

Id row
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4 weeks ago

Same with the word 'horror'.

Mark Kelly
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4 weeks ago

I sutter and can still say complicated words.

Stefanie Mangold
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4 weeks ago

My word i'm not able to say in english is bathroom. My tongue always hits the top of my mouth on the way from th to r and it sounds awful

Jane Martin
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4 weeks ago

same

T
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1 month ago

The Ruurr Jurrr. (The Rural Juror).

Wesley Chaplin
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1 month ago

I'll never forget you, rural juror...

Alisa Brouwer
Community Member
1 month ago

I get the pronunciations of conscious and conscience confused.

Jennifer Miller
Community Member
7 months ago

You can try saying it like a NYer, "roar-ull, more RAWR less Ruh. but.. when I say mirror is comes out as mhyrr

Amanda Burston
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7 months ago

Fruit puree for me haha

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7 months ago

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Julie Hickman-Rincon
Community Member
7 months ago

Try the word Borrower. Yep, sounds like I have marbles in my mouth!

Bonni Poch
Community Member
7 months ago

..and the name Rory! I'm right there with you. The pain is real.

Lauri Jo Daniels
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7 months ago

I can't say 'decision.' I'm an audiobook narrator. If that word comes up I panic. After 5 or 6 takes it sounds reasonably close.

Lynne Darroch
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't say szechuan or endoscopy. Luckily they don't come up much in conversation.

Janet Dauncey
Community Member
7 months ago

croissant: is it "r" or "w"????

John Datri
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7 months ago

I can’t say “breakfast”. It comes out “brehfuss”.

sky blue
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7 months ago

I have a degree in agricultural and rural industries. I hate saying it.

heidi holmes
Community Member
10 months ago

I sometimes say warsh instead of wash and a lot of the time my tooth gap makes 'Sh' sounds sound like I'm whistling... ugh!

Marigen Beltran
Community Member
10 months ago

I also cannot say that word, same with turtle, order, any word with ar, er, ir, or, ur

Marnee DeRider
Community Member
10 months ago

If you can't say "Rural", try "rear-wheel drive". Impossible for me to say that properly.

Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago

That IS a hard one!

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Michele Clarke
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10 months ago

RUT ROW!

Laura Campos
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10 months ago

My husband can't say "peculiar." He adds a u after the L and omits the i.

Pippa Runs
Community Member
10 months ago

Try “Arnold Palmer”

Mer
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10 months ago

Our elementary school librarian couldn't say "library" - nope, to her, it was the "li-berry".

Susann Campbell
Community Member
10 months ago

Me.

kourtwest1
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10 months ago

Drawer is a tough one too. lol

Anna Repp
Community Member
11 months ago

Can't pronounce "February" like "feb-roo-ary" so I started saying it like "feb-you-ary"

Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago

A lot of people say it like that. I tend to say it like "feb-oo-ary".

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ACE
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11 months ago

Exacerbate, exacerbating, exacerbates. I cannot pronounce those words, ever. It comes out as esaberate.

Frozengeckolover
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10 months ago

You've got to put some "ass" in the middle. Ex-ass-erbate.

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Baby panda🥰
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11 months ago

Can’t say parallelogram

Chantel Hunter
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11 months ago

Omgaaahhhhhh, are we twins?!

Id row
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11 months ago

I have that problem with the word 'horror'. Kind of sounds like I'm saying whore, lol.

Heather Mcdonald
Community Member
7 months ago

Me, too... I finally figured it out, but it took a long time... when I was around pre-teen age, I used to really like the 80's movie, but my mom said I couldn't watch it anymore until I learned to quit calling it, "Little Shop of Whores". LOL.

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Jennifer Braun
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11 months ago

Reminds me of 30 Rock when Jenna started in "The Rural Juror" , lol. No one could say that!

Lana Belysheva
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11 months ago

I can't properly pronounce "birthday" and "dirty" despite speaking English for half my life.

Karin Becton
Community Member
11 months ago

Me too!! I have to say it like "Roo rull" with a big pause in the middle and it sound ridiculous.

BusLady
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11 months ago

I speak American English and have never been to Germany, but I say the word "nine" as "nein."

BusLady
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11 months ago

I also can't pronounce the word "sixth."

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Sheri LP
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11 months ago

Say, FRUIT PUREE

Lucy Shupe
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11 months ago

Me it’s apocalypse. My adult children love asking me to say it.

comboplush
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11 months ago

I cannot really pronounce squirrel. Even if that is apparently typical among Germans, it really gives me a hard time. It comes out like "skuehr(e)l". "Tongue" is also hard for me.

LilicatUK
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11 months ago

I can't say antiseptic. No problems saying antiseptico (Portuguese and Spanish)...

Carey Brown
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11 months ago

railroad comes as rayroad for me, no matter how much I concentrate.

Ema Sklepic
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11 months ago

Haha, can imagine exactly how that sounds xD heehee ^^

Joelyn Kitzmiller
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11 months ago

This made me laugh out loud!

Andrea Josipović
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11 months ago

Autumn and tooth always seemd weird to me. I can never say it like i hear it in my head

Johnette Pace
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11 months ago

Benedict Cumberbatch can't say penquines

Bridget Lynam
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11 months ago

I can't get my mouth to co-operate with my brain to say "rocker recliner". My brain says it fine, my mouth, however, blurts "reclocker riner". Every time.

Koalamonster
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11 months ago

I used to say "pitaschio" instead of pistachio as a child- and still sometimes do as an adult because that's just how it comes out.

Susan Gardner
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11 months ago

I hate that word

Lola
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11 months ago

I cannot say Marlboro, literally, and vulnerable. You’re not alone.

Nikki
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11 months ago

I can't either! Can't say rural or the name Rory to save my life

Niall Mac Iomera
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11 months ago

Zoinks!

Ryo Bakura
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11 months ago

Raggy! Reeeeeeeeeeeeelp!

misteriosa
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11 months ago

World War, girlfriend, etc. as well give me so much hard time.

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HOUSE
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11 months ago

Turn it on

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Oerff On Tour
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11 months ago

I have a problem with converting the 24h clock to 12h. Keep messing up 5 o'clock (1700h) and 7 o'clock

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Gary
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11 months ago

I had an instructor like that, I dumped him and found a new one. Passed my test first time.

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Biopithecus
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11 months ago

I too can't whistle - sounds like an angry cat if I try!

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Mascha Claessens
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11 months ago

Me neither, got no idea how to whistle on my fingers.

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Mascha Claessens
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11 months ago

Haha, that's the opposite to my dad. He can ONLY float. Like, on his back with both his knees AND shoulders above the water. We've often joked that he has hollow bones, like a bird.

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PaulV
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11 months ago

Yes, "deductible" sounds like something you *don't* have to pay. And "premium" sounds like something good, but the whole thing is doubly confusing: pay a higher premium (oh no!) to get a lower monthly (oh...kay?). It's like being asked to choose the way you would like to get screwed.

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Katie Smith
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11 months ago

Now this, I learned at middle school. One of the positives of having school uniforms in the UK!

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Yettichild
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11 months ago

I just think to myself "Write" and I automatically know which hand is right =D

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tuzdayschild
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11 months ago

Go online and order an electric egg boiler. It does the work for you.

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Mascha Claessens
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11 months ago

And that's a benefit of growing up in the Netherlands: everyone gets swimming lessons. Some of us more than others, but we all do when we're little. Too much water around not to... :P

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