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Q4: I've been watching situation comedy "Friends" lately. I notice that Ross Geller occasionally does a fist thing: making a fist with both hands and banging them together (palm edge to palm edge). What dose this gesture mean? Could you introduce some commonly used hand gestures in the US?

I don't know the hand guesture of Ross.

-"give me five" which means cheer each other up, or congratulate

- the middle finger = f**k you

- throw your index finger at someone = accuse someone of something (It's Uncle Sam's favorite. )






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Q1: What are the differences of protocol, treaty, deal and agreement? And under what circumstances should they be used respectively?

I think the definitions from my dictionary are clear:

Protocol- the first or original version of an agreement, especially a  treaty between countries, etc.; an extra part added to an agreement or  treaty

Treaty: a formal agreement between two or more countries

Deal : an agreement, especially in business, on particular conditions for buying or doing sth

Agreement: an arrangement, a promise or a contract made with sb


They need to go to their dictionary first, which is considered to the best teacher of almost everyone.

NB: I am not an English expert.

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Q1. Protocol is a guideline for communication, deals are dirty whereas agreements are clean, and a treaty is usually a political compromise that sells out the backbone of any country, such as NAFTA.
Q2. Before compound words are compound, many go through a hyphenated phase.
Q3. A typical Victorian ordinary house is three floors above ground with a finished basement, three to four rooms per floor (a washroom on each floor is normal among the slight variations), however the finished attic (top floor) has the sloping ceiling of the A roof so the rooms compensate by increasing floor space... two rooms and many closets is a normal attic variation. Q5. What to eat at Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The traditions started in wintry climates prior to electricity so are designed for harvesting and storing food in the cold house cellar and in fat in our bodies which we normally lose on schedule each spring starting in March. The idea is to carry few livestock through winter. So some prefer lamb to turkey for festivities. The usual festival table is filled with roasted meats, roasted and whipped vegetables, stewed fruits. Hallowe'en must and following festivals may have pumpkin pie. Apple pie is also usually served. Cranberry jelly is a must at Thanksgiving and Christmas and may appear at Hallowe'en. Mint jelly is served with lamb and some people like mint jelly on peas. Hallowe'en celebrates the day of the dead when all the souls of all the dead people walk around so to stay safe we covor the door with blood and put scary pumpkins in windows, whereas Thanksgiving celebrates the Pilgrims first harvest of food in North America and Christmas celebrates Jesus' birthday, allegedly.

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Q3: What do Victorian houses look like? I've seen the term "Victorian style" used in clothing, architecture and writing, so what exactly is "Victorian style"?

In the United Kingdom, and former British colonies a Victorian house generally means any house built during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901). During the Industrial Revolution successive housing booms resulted in the building of many millions of Victorian houses which are now a defining feature of most British towns and cities.
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Q4: I've been watching situation comedy "Friends" lately. I notice that Ross Geller occasionally doe ...

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