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    Question I felt 'unsafe' or 'insecure'?

    Hi there,

    In the dark, you hear a spooky noise, should you say you feel insecure or unsafe?


    Many thanks.

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    Re: I felt 'unsafe' or 'insecure'?

    Of the two, I'd go for unsafe, but I would probably use scared/frightened/worried, etc.

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    Re: I felt 'unsafe' or 'insecure'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,

    In the dark, you hear a spooky noise, should you say you feel insecure or unsafe?


    Many thanks.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Mehrgan:

    (1) I am probably wrong, but I feel that "insecure" often refers to

    an interior threat; "unsafe," to an exterior threat.

    (2) Thus, in your sentence, I would choose "unsafe."

    (a) People stay out of that part of town because it has a reputation of

    being very unsafe. (A lot of bad people live there.)

    (3) Tom: Martha was very rude to me.

    Joe: Don't pay attention to her. She is rude to everyone.

    Tom: Why?

    Joe: Because she's very insecure. (That is, she has interior feelings

    of inferiority.)


    James

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