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1. Human relationships have a tendency to crumble - marriages, families, friendships, it just seems there is a certain entropy that you can give in to which you shouldn't. And when you don't, you stand for that. And that's a lot to stand for.

---- I understand that when you don't give in to entropy, you do what? I don't get that part?

2. John is unsung hero. On a musical level, he's got real insight, but he's not precious about what he does.

--- Does that mean "sophisticated" or maybe "fastidious"? I'm asking about "precious"
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Newguest-- I understand that when you don't give in to entropy, you do what? I don't get that part?
This is a very unclear passage. My best guess is that if you don't give in to entropy you stand for "marriages, families, friendships"
Newguest--- Does that mean "sophisticated" or maybe "fastidious"? I'm asking about "precious"
I'm afraid this makes even less sense that the first passage. I wouldn't even be able to guess what the author means by using "precious" in this context. Possibly it's a slang or other non-standard use. I guess it's possible he had some similar word in mind but didn't notice his error because the spell checker didn't flag it (after all it is correctly spelled).

Of course you understand that I'm not speaking from experience here. I'venever failed to notice an error like this in my own writing. Emotion: smile
Thanks for trying to answer my questions RayH!
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Hi,
2. John is unsung hero. On a musical level, he's got real insight, but he's not precious about what he does.

The meaning here seems to be what my dictionary terms 'affectedly refined, especially in language or manner'.

If John were 'precious' about his musical talent, he would go around saying to other people, in words or just by his body language, "look at me, look at how talented I am, music is wonderful and I am wonderful'. But he's not precious, so he doesn't do this.

The writer is implying a little that it is not unusual for musicians to be rather precious.

Best wishes, Clive
Hi

In other words he's not boasting about his talents, I guess.

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Hi,
Being precious is not really 'boasting'.

It's more a matter of exaggerating the display of one's talents in order to draw attention to them.

Best wishes, Clive
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CliveThe meaning here seems to be what my dictionary terms 'affectedly refined, especially in language or manner'.
I have to admit, I was completely unaware of this meaning of "precious." It definitely has the feel of a BrE usage.
RayH
CliveThe meaning here seems to be what my dictionary terms 'affectedly refined, especially in language or manner'.
I have to admit, I was completely unaware of this meaning of "precious." It definitely has the feel of a BrE usage.

But at least you tried
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