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Impressive/Impressionable
The recruiting manager (who used to be the personnel director) scanned the page before him. "Thank you for coming, Miss Bell is it?" "Yes. Tinker Bell." Her voice was high and thin, just as you'd expect. "It says here you've had several hundred years experience counseling youths. That's very impressive. Where is Neverland exactly?" He heard a rush of air and looked up to find Tinker Bell circling above an antique globe he'd forgotten was even there. Hovering above one spot, her wings aflutter, she said, "Here." "I see," said the manager, who wore thick glasses. "In any case, although your credentials are impressive, at the moment we don't . . ." Tinker Bell disappeared in a match-sized blaze of light, only to reappear on the bridge of the manager's glasses. "You will give me a job," she said softly. "You will give me a job." But the manager was not impressionable and, eventually, he brushed Tinker Bell off and went to lunch.

Remember: impressive -- "Look! Niagara Falls!"; impressionable -- "Look! Designer watchers for $5!"

Quiz
1. Peter Pan's ability to keep the aging process at bay was (impressive/impressionable).

2. After he left Neverland, the boys tried to find another leader, but there was no one with Peter's (impressive/impressionable) characteristics.

3. When Peter was middle-aged and living in the suburbs, Tinker Bell paid him a visit one night, but he was no longer (impressive/impressionable) and attributed her presence to too many tranquilizers.

4. Anyone who buys a telemarketer's spiel can be said to be (impressive/impressionable).

Answers
1. impressive (As far as his flying went, though, Peter was really just "stringing" them along!)

2. impressive (Green pantyhose are hard to find.)

3. impressionable ("Hi. I'm a fairy. Remember me?")

4) impressionable (aka "easy mark.")

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