"After recent poor performance, he is susceptible to fan criticism."
Does it mean he is likely to be criticized by fans, or that he is more affected (than his teammates) by fan criticism?
Looking at a slightly different example:
"He is susceptible to flattery."
Does it mean he is easily fooled by fake praises, or he is more likely to be praised than others?
It's probably more likely to mean that he he responds well to flattery; his behaviour may be affected by it.
"X is susceptible to Y" could mean either:
1. The probability of Y happening to X is now higher.
2. Y now has a greater affect on X.
Criticism and flattery are perfect opposites, yet they bring out different meanings of "susceptible to".
I am so confused.
Last edited by Jacka; 08-Oct-2011 at 10:12.
"Susceptible [to sb/sth] very likely to be influenced, harmed or affected by sb/th" - OALD.
The precision meaning of many words is often unclear when considered with insufficent context. If we have only the words "After recent poor performance, he is susceptible to fan criticism", then we have no idea of knowing exactly what the speaker/writer intends to mean.
But then 'no' can mean 'no', 'I am surprised', 'I am shocked','I don't think so', 'yes', or many other things in context.
Last edited by 5jj; 08-Oct-2011 at 10:39.
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