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Could be a non-sequitur. Per MW: a statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said This is from Latin, and literally it means: "it does not follow."


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The report is about Peter. The authors place in the report enough information favorable to Peter and eliminate enough information unfavorable to Peter so as to slant the report in his favor. I.e., people reading the report will think highly of Peter. Peter has to decide whether the report (which isn't necessarily about him) is good or bad. People decide to ...


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Trivial — ODO adjective 1. Of little value or importance "huge fines were imposed for trivial offences" "Trivial" would satisfy your sentence. Keep in mind the difference between something seeming trivial and actually being trivial.


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aboriginal means: a person, animal, or plant that has been in a country or region from earliest times. an aboriginal inhabitant of Australia. mid 19th century: back-formation from the 16th-century plural aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (in classical times referring to those of Italy and Greece), from the Latin phrase ab origine ‘from the beginning....


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I've heard the phrase 'burn the (or a) candle to the quick', but that was long ago and I'm also searching for a reference to it. It means to use something completely up, and I believe the 'quick' is the base part of the candle where the wick is either anchored or begins.



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