I’m partial to falling off one’s chair, laughing.

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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    This is a good example of context providing meaning. Without knowing that the original sentence is the response to a question soliciting advice, it is impossible to get why it works as a sentence.

    Ms. Hax is responding to a question about what the person's next move should be. "I'm partial to falling off one's chair, laughing," meaning "My best advice is to find their behavior ridiculous." (To parse it out: "I'm partial to" = I'm in favor of; "falling off one's chair, laughing" = your relatives' behavior is too outrageous to be taken seriously.)
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    Senior Member
    English - US
    This is a response to what comes before it. Providing us with the sentences after it is not really the context.

    The question is: What should you do when people who make you pay for things are critical of the fact that you work hard for your money. Her opinion is that you should laugh at them so hard that you fall out of your chair.
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