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honestly!!!

 

i have come across it before, of course, but just now i realised again that self-consciousness means two opposed things, according to my dictionary. :shock::wail: how can i use it when it says this and then the opposite???

 

:grumpy:

 

how do you use it??

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hmmm.

 

if i am feeling awkward and ill-at-ease in public (like if i have to perform at something i am uncomfortable with) i feel self-conscious......

 

however, my basic awareness of my self is self-consciousness... whatever way i feel emotionally.

 

i tend to the first version, mostly!!

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:yes:

 

though the second use is not regular day-to-day usage, rather more specific/scientific....

 

if used in conversation it usually means embarrassment!

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i have fond something else that is really weird. i was trying to find a word for the german verb "gönnen" - it means that i am pleased to see somebody else having something nice - the opposite of begrudge.

 

is there a word for that?

 

:huh2:

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hmm. i guess we'd say 'i'm happy for you'...

 

can't think of a word at the moment. surely Shakespeare came up with one! vicarious enjoyment?

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language is always intriguing! the way you can say something in one language and just can't in another always fascinates me!

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German 'portmanteau' words have always amused... ninety letters long strapping half a dozen little words together to mean something like portable hairdryer........ :p

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