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If you work out with me, you'll quickly tire.
If you talk with my voice, you've lost your desire.
When a joke falls to me, I make nobody laugh.
When I annotate a letter, I take away half.

Who or what am I?

In your answer, please explain each line and the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ Is that meant to be 'lost' instead of 'lot'? $\endgroup$ – LiamH May 13 '16 at 11:11
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You are

flat.

If you work out with me, you'll quickly tire.

If you work flat out, you work as fast as possible.

If you talk with my voice, you've lost your desire.

A flat voice is monotonous and lacks emotion.

When a joke falls to me, I make nobody laugh.

A joke that falls flat isn't funny.

When I annotate a letter, I take away half.

The letters are musical notes, which will be pitched half a note lower when annotated with the flat sign, ♭.

And of course, a friend you could live with is a

flat mate

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, great! There was a semi-intentional use of the word tire (tyre) in the first clue but there is a better fit. Think about an idiom for doing something as fast or as hard as possible. $\endgroup$ – hexomino May 13 '16 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ @ M Oehm Maybe for the first clue you could add - If you work flat out then you would tire - to your answer $\endgroup$ – Tom May 13 '16 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Tom: Thanks. I've just edited my answer. While searching the web for "work out flat" turned up many ab exercises, adding "expression" to the search term I've found what I wanted. (Didn't know that expression.) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm May 13 '16 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino - This is an example of where using the US spelling is the better choice. If you spelled it the UK-way, it would remove that ambiguity, but to the riddle's detriment. (Although of course the answer itself is a British-ism, but most Americans would at least know what it means.) $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman May 13 '16 at 15:20
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    $\begingroup$ I was thinking exercising on a bike with a flat tire $\endgroup$ – Kevin May 13 '16 at 15:42

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