Phrasal-Nouns – Letter I

–  Phrasal-Nouns – Letter I  –


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Bathroom Items – This phrasal noun is a “blanket term” for any random items that may be found in and around the bathroom and are usually small, often inexpensive, and are often “overlooked”.  Examples of bathroom items would be things like:  soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a hairdryer, a comb, and some toilet paper.  All of these things (and many more) are bathroom items.


(a) Collector’s Item – We use this phrasal noun to describe a thing (it could be anything) that people collect…  Examples of *collector’s items* are any classic car, baseball cards, comic books, sports & movie memorabilia, and and series of limited-time offerings from different companies.  Such as:  Coca-Cola glasses, McDonald’s Happy-Meal toys, Star-Wars figures, etc..


Household Items – This phrasal noun is a “blanket term” for any random items that may be found in and around the house and are usually small, often inexpensive, and are often “overlooked”.  Examples of *household items* would be things like:  a lamp, a vacuum cleaner, a mirror, some curtains, a rug, decorations, inexpensive artwork, and a coat-rack.  All of these things (and many more) are *household items*.


(an) Ice-Breaker – This is a term that is used to describe something that thing (subject, question, joke, etc.) that is used to “break” the tension (“ice”) in a situation to promote a good conversation and exchange between two or more people…  “When meeting new people who are obviously uncomfortable, sometimes a joke can act as a good *ice-breaker*.”


  • Intellectual Capital – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Noun which refers to the worth of a company which goes beyond the actual assets of the company.  If the company only has assets worth $1 million, but is worth $5 million (due to various other reasons beyond it’s assets) then it’s intellectual capital is $4 million.  Companies like Facebook are made up almost entirely of intellectual capital.

Kitchen Items – This phrasal noun is a “blanket term” for any random items that may be found in and around the kitchen and are usually small, often inexpensive, and are often “overlooked”.  Examples of *kitchen items* would be things like:  a toaster, a blender, a microwave, a spatula, pots & pans, dishes, a food-processor, and a sponge.  All of these things (and many more) are *kitchen items*.


(a) Sensitive Issue – This is a phrasal noun which describes something that is often-times a private matter, and is something that, in a business situation, could cause problems…  “Sexual Harassment in the work-place is a *Sensitive Issue*.”  –  (See Also:  “A Touchy Subject”)


(a) Source Of Income – This is a formal noun phrase which refers to something like a job, an investment, a person who gives one money… anything that provides an influx of money into one’s life…  “Most experts agree that to achieve true wealth, a person needs to have multiple *sources of income*.”


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