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    I have two questions.

    1)When I say that someone is capricious , what does it tell about the person concerned ?

    2) Can demeanour be reticent ?


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    Re: meaning

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    Someone who is capricious is apt to change his/her mind suddenly and behave in an unpredictable way. "Whimsical" has a similar meaning.

    Reticent (as in the sense of restrained or uncommunicative) should be an acceptable adjective for demeanor.

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    Re: meaning

    Thanks a lot ,Greg!


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    Reticent (as in the sense of restrained or uncommunicative) should be an acceptable adjective for demeanor.

    I'm doubtful. 'demeanour' is outward behavior or bearing or appearance, whereas 'reticent' relates to 'verbal communication'.
    Are we thinking body language here?

    shy/somber demeanour

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Reticent (as in the sense of restrained or uncommunicative) should be an acceptable adjective for demeanor.

    I'm doubtful. 'demeanour' is outward behavior or bearing or appearance, whereas 'reticent' relates to 'verbal communication'.
    Are we thinking body language here?

    shy/somber demeanour
    One can be reticent to engage in verbal communication, and this can show in one's demeanour. I don't have a problem with the term, and a Goodle Search of "reticent demeanour" throws up any number of acceptable and well-written sentences.
    In live communication, body language cannot be separated from purely linguistic acts, although this tends to annoy linguists.


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    Re: meaning

    a Goodle Search of "reticent demeanour" throws up any number of acceptable and well-written sentences.

    92 in total.

    "had went" throws up 240,000,000 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As a Brit. Eng. speaker, I also have - shall we say - reservations about the 'acceptability' of that bit of grammatical collocation.

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Roselin View Post

    2) Can demeanour be reticent ?
    "Reticent" derives from the Latin verb "reticere", "to keep silence"; its meaning in English has developed into "disinclined to speak", "reserved", "delicately discreet".

    "Demeanour" on the other hand relates to your manner of comporting yourself.

    A "disinclination to speak" certainly relates to comportment; you could say that a person's demeanour, in the form of certain facial expressions, usually indicates that they are "being reticent".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: meaning

    I am happy to read the discussion that is going on between you teachers on the word demeanour and reticent....

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    Re: meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Roselin View Post
    I am happy to read the discussion that is going on between you teachers on the word demeanour and reticent....
    Yes, it certainly gives you an insight into the minds of some of the more excitable teachers.


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    Re: meaning

    Yes, it certainly gives you an insight into the minds of some of the more excitable teachers.

    Oh,...some posts more than others. !

    Though...perhaps...what some people see as 'excitable', others see as having delicious fun. Choose your person and take your pick.
    Last edited by David L.; 23-Nov-2008 at 11:20.

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