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    a word said when an awkward conversation is happening to make things less awkward or quiet; can also be a word used to change the subject

    Girl 1: Hi Girl 2: Hello Girl 1: What did you do with my pet hamster? Girl 2: Merp

    *on the phone* Person 1: How has your day been? Person 2: Good Person 1: ........Sooooo, Did you hear about Patty Duke's passing? Person 2: Yup, sad. Person 1: Merp *hangs up*

    Submitted by Kayla from United States on 06/04/2016


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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