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Writer's Block: Cheating with a side of bacon

Have you ever changed your eating habits for a new relationship (e.g., switched to vegetarianism, eaten more meat, etc.)? If yes, did you stick with it when you were eating out with other friends? Which lasted longer, the food regimen or the relationship?

A relationship?
Like the relationship between mind and body?
Or the relationship with the individual and the multinational corporation?
Or the relationship between food consumption, food production, and the devastating and far ranging effects on the environment and human society at large?
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Writer's Block: Are you incentivized?

Are there any buzz words or catch-phrases--such as incentivize or at the end of the day--that make you cringe? What are they, and why do you hate them?


"Change" is the most annoying one at the moment of course. If I hear it one more time out of the mouths of ANY of the party leaders I am going to stab someone.

I quite like incentivise actually.
And I also really enjoy the rhetoric of academia in which you get a lot of hilarious invented words and some severe syntactical gobbledygook. I can understand this happens a lot especially due to seminal works of philosophy/history/whatever having been translated from French and German. It seems to me that people try to write in the style of something that has been translated. I guess I'm guilty of it myself. It's going to be difficult going out into the world and try to communicate with normal people having reprogrammed my brain over the past 3 years to input and output what is effectively nonsense.

One word I've taken pleasure in recently is "embeddness".
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Writer's Block: Dinner's on me

If you had to serve a meal to an ambassador from another country that symbolized your country's culture, what would you choose? Do you think s/he would love it as much as you do?

Err a big Mac?
haha, no seriously though, this question assumes that you would love a meal that represents your country's culture! I wonder what sort of meal would represent a vague sense of disillusionment and loss of purpose in life, interspersed with football matches, nights out at the pub and reality television shows watched on a huge television paid with money that you never earned and will be paying through the nose for till you're 70? I'm not speaking for myself here of course, but I feel that this is the sort of cultural activity that most Britons participate in.
Most of other answers for this question seem to have taken it to be more like "what is the national dish?" or "what is most representative of your country's culinary culture?"
A fry up, a roast dinner, fish and chips, or chicken tikka masala then. And a deep-fried mars bar for afters. Oh, and washed all down with pint of bitter. Or ten pints.