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    Meaning of a para

    Be a little more careful than usual at work or in social situations -- people are much more attuned to tiny infractions of social rules. You can get away with a little, but don't try to push it!

    Can anyone explain the meaning of the highlighted phrases?

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    Re: Meaning of a para

    tiny infractions of social rules.
    A sneeze is a tiny infraction of a social rule. Other bodily functions are generally bigger infractions. An infraction is a breaking of a rule. Introducing the older to the younger is a tiny infraction.

    You can get away with a little, but don't try to push it!
    You can sneeze, if you use a handkerchief, but don't sneeze in my face.
    You can make an extra trip to the washroom, but don't stay there all afternoon.
    You can be late for work once a month, but if you do it every day, you'll lose your job.

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    Re: Meaning of a para

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    tiny infractions of social rules.
    A sneeze is a tiny infraction of a social rule. Other bodily functions are generally bigger infractions. An infraction is a breaking of a rule. Introducing the older to the younger is a tiny infraction.

    You can get away with a little, but don't try to push it!
    You can sneeze, if you use a handkerchief, but don't sneeze in my face.
    You can make an extra trip to the washroom, but don't stay there all afternoon.
    You can be late for work once a month, but if you do it every day, you'll lose your job.
    I liked the way you explained it. I have understood it now. Tks, jlinger!

    But the prepostion you used for face is correct? Shouldn't it be 'ON my face ' ?

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    Re: Meaning of a para

    The idomatic usage is to sneeze in your face. While some of the sneeze undoubtedly lands on your face, the rudeness of it all is that you would sneeze in close proximity to someone's face. Hence, in, rather than on.

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    Re: Meaning of a para

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    The idomatic usage is to sneeze in your face. While some of the sneeze undoubtedly lands on your face, the rudeness of it all is that you would sneeze in close proximity to someone's face. Hence, in, rather than on.

    ok..thanks!

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