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    Goes into a tailspin

    Hi everybody!

    Could you, please, check my vocabulary in the following sentences? Do I make sense? Or it sound odd?

    1) Second, realizing that those pounds are still there, a young mom goes into a tailspin. (I’m interested if I use "go into tailspin" right. What I was trying to convey was that young moms gain pregnancy pounds and when they see their excessive weigh is still there after the childbirth they become extremely nervous about it)
    2) As for moms, they become increasingly soft in their psyche during the second trimester. (Here is the same weight problem. I'm trying to say with “soft in their psyche” is that young moms' mental state becomes vulnerable, their soft spot)

    Thanks in advance


    Thanks in advance

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    Re: do I make sense?

    The phrase "goes into a tailspin" is fine.

    But "soft in the psyche" seems weird to me.

    (How can a psyche be soft?)


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    Re: Goes into a tailspin

    I heard the phrase in the movie. "He is soft in the belly", and just thought I could apply it to psyche

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    Re: Goes into a tailspin

    Quote Originally Posted by changeling View Post
    I heard the phrase in the movie. "He is soft in the belly", and just thought I could apply it to psyche
    Perhaps you could, if the context made the analogy clear - something like 'whereas they were soft in the belly, she was soft only in the psyche'. But if the context doesn't help, you can't really stretch the 'soft' metaphor that far.

    ('Soft' [U]can[ /U] be used in the collocations 'soft in the head' and 'soft in the brain'; hence the informal insult 'Don't be so soft' (the context will make it clear whether the speaker means 'stupid' or 'lenient' [the opposite of 'strict', from lenis, Latin, "soft"]).

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