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    Dear all,

    How should I understand the underlined?
    Does it mean "both embarrassing and shameful"?

    Thanks in advance.

    Eartha

    Americans had traditionally viewed buying anything other than real estate on credit as something between embarrassing and shameful. But in the 1920s, Ben Franklin’s “a penny saved is a penny earned” maxim seemed old hat. A 1928 business yearbook noted that installment buying “is now recognized as an integral part of our economic life.”

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    Re: between ...and...

    It can mean "both embarrassing and shameful".


    Below is an imaginary diagram of what "between embarrassing and shameful" means:


    Embarrassing ---[1]---[2]---[3]---[4]---[5]---> Shameful


    As you move from left to right, one emotion (embarrassment) decreases, whilst the other (shame) increases.

    "both embarrassing and shameful"
    At step [3], the midpoint, the emotion felt is that of both embarrassment and of shame in equal measure.

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    Re: between ...and...

    Quote Originally Posted by magimagicE View Post
    It can mean "both embarrassing and shameful".

    I don't agree. By definition, "something between embarrassing and shameful" cannot be either one and cannot be both.
    "embarrassing" and "shameful" are the two ends of that particular range of badness.

    Something between the two could be adjectives like 'questionable', 'foolish', and 'reckless',
    So "something between.............." is worse than embarrassing but not as bad as shameful.

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