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    A security blanket

    Hello.

    I would like to know if "security blanket " is a well-known term in the four corners of the world?

    Do the following sentences illustrate the accuracy of the usage?

    1. Her smell is my security blanket. Whenever I think of her, I will spray her perfume in the room.
    2. When I get nervous on stage, I will close my eyes and think of my parents for a few seconds to calm myself. They are my security blanket.
    3. Having a sufficient contingency fund is my security blanket for the unpredictable economy.
    4. The boy needs his security blanket when he goes to bed. Where is the bloody blanket? (Does this sentence create ambiguity?)
    5. I know you think your home is a security blanket and you are in your comfort zone but you really need to get out there and socialise. This is what people do!

    Thank you

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    Re: A security blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by canadalynx View Post
    Hello.

    I would like to know if "security blanket " is a well-known term in the four corners of the world?

    Do the following sentences illustrate the accuracy of the usage use the phrase correctly?

    1. Her smell scent is my security blanket. Whenever I think of her, I will spray her perfume in the room.
    2. When I get nervous on stage, I will close my eyes and think of my parents for a few seconds to calm myself. They are my security blanket.
    3. Having a sufficient contingency fund is my security blanket for the in this/an unpredictable economy.
    4. The boy needs his security blanket when he goes to bed. Where is the bloody blanket? (Does this sentence create ambiguity?)
    5. I know you think your home is a security blanket and you are in your comfort zone but you really need to get out there and socialise. This is what people do!

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    Note my corrections above. They all use "security blanket" appropriately. What do you think could be ambiguous about #4?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A security blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my corrections above. They all use "security blanket" appropriately. What do you think could be ambiguous about #4?
    A blanket covered with blood?

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    Re: A security blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by canadalynx View Post
    A blanket covered with blood?
    Highly unlikely.

    To answer your first question, "security blanket" is commonly used in AmE. I'm not certain about BrE or other varieties.
    Last edited by probus; 05-Apr-2021 at 14:06. Reason: Typo

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    Re: A security blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by canadalynx View Post
    A blanket covered with blood?
    Context is everything, as always! The situation would dictate what "Where's the bloody blanket?" means.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A security blanket

    I don't think 3 is a good example. There needs to be a sense of comfort, which 3 doesn't have. It seems to be about guarding against risk. Safety and comfort are not synonymous. The kind of security we're dealing with here is an emotional security.

    Example 4 is the best possible example because it's meant literally. Therefore, there's no ambiguity at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by canadalynx View Post
    A blanket covered with blood?
    No, bloody doesn't mean it's covered with blood! It just means the parent is annoyed with the boy.

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    Re: A security blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    No, bloody doesn't mean it's covered with blood! It just means the parent is annoyed with the boy.
    That's why I said context was important. "Bloody" can mean "covered with blood". I agree that it's very unlikely to mean that in post #1.
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