[149] Touch frequency from country to country


Touch frequency from country to country Researcher David J. Linden has just published a book called Touch, in which he examines the importance of physical contact, and cites a survey report by psychologist Sidney Jourard which found that couples sitting in coffee shops in San Juan, Puerto Rico touched each other an average of 180 times per hour, while couples in Paris touched 110 times, and in Gainesville, Florida, 2 times per hour. Couples in London didn’t touch each other at all.


that would be great!

Kelly: I want to redecorate my garden, but I’m not sure about how to do it.

Bradley: Don’t worry about anything – my sister is a professional outdoor designer. I can ask her to stop by next Friday and talk with you.

Kelly: Really? That would be great! You’re such a good friend.

Explanation: We say “That would be great!” when we want to accept an offer from a friend, family member or colleague.


non-linear progression

Doctor: Did you find that the patients in your study made a full recovery after surgery?

Researcher: Yes, they made an 80% recovery after just one year, but it took almost three years for them to make a 100% recovery. There was a non-linear progression in recovery levels.

Explanation: The term “non-linear progression” means that the line in the graph is not straight. The rate of change is not constant.


balance the books

Mr. Walsh:

It is almost the end of the fiscal year, and we need to calculate the income and expenses for the company. The accounting department wants to balance the books by Monday.

Explanation: The term “balance the books” means to calculate the company profits and expenses so that the amounts match up properly.