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    Question Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    Q1: Is this expression of "make a wish list" usual in the native speakers' words? I understand what it means. If it is a frequently used expression, I want to take it into my inventory of vocabulary.

    Q2: Why does the CNN journalist teach people to "steal" dining ware? Is it just kidding?

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    If it's your first Thanksgiving away from the family or you're hosting in your new place, a few key strategies can easily bring your friends together for the holidays without creating an economic crisis.

    We'll help you solve the top five Thanksgiving budget problems.
    Dining ware dilemma
    Problem: You don't have enough serving pieces and/or dishes.
    Solution: Beg, borrow, or steal.
    Before the big day, take inventory of what you have (plates, flatware, pots and pans, and glassware) and then make a wish list.
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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    'beg, borrow or steal' is a colloquial expression meaning, 'do whatever may be necessary to acquire something greatly desired'.
    It is not taken literally; (and if it were, it would be limited to 'begging' and 'borrowing'.)
    It merely stresses how important it is for the person to have these items, so not to adopt the attitude of ' I'll do without' - GO OUT AND BUY THEM.

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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    Hi David L.,

    Thank you for your help.

    And did you ever say or hear people say "make a wish list"?


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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    This is a favourite with Amazon.com

    "Ooooh, I wish I had that/one of those!" It means that as you become aware of things that you would like to have, so you don't forget, make a list, with the idea that as you can afford them, you then buy them.

    Pity that more people didn't content themselves with a 'wish list' rather than using credit cards as magic wands to make their wishes instantly come true. Over-extension of credit to those who can't repay has contributed to the current recession.

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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    Thank you again, David L..

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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    "Wish list" is a common expression in AmE. Children make a wish list when their birthday or Christmas is approaching. Sometimes when a person is out shopping, he might spy a 67" High Definition Plasma television set and say to his wife, "One day when I'm wealthy, that TV is going to be on the top of my wish list."

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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    Wish lists are also of great use to online companies such as Amazon. If you have a few books or DVDs on your wish list, they can send out emails focussing on your interests (and reminding you that you really want to buy this).
    Open Universities Australia has a wish list for students to nominate subjects that are not offered but that students are interested in.
    For companies, it's basically another form of questionaire or survey of consumer wants and needs.

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    Re: Why the CNN teaches people to "steal"?

    Ouisch and Raymott:

    Thank you very much for your answers.

    Ouisch:

    Happy Thanksgiving Day!

    Treat us forumites turkey.

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