Post by Sid Nuncius Post by DavidK Post by Sid Nuncius
I was going to add something, but I'm reticent to start this
topic off again.
I'll bite, what's wrong with that?
Post by Sid Nuncius
I stand corrected. I thought that reticent meant disinclined to speak
about something and reluctant simply meant unwilling. If reticent is
now considered a synonym for reluctant, so be it.
(I still hate it.)
I'm with you Sid - they're definitely not synonyms, though are of
similar meaning. I'm not sure I could ever say "reticent to"; "reticent
about", I could. I think "reticent" means a person who is quiet, does
not speak out - in general or about something specific; I feel it mainly
relates to speech, or other means of communication. Without checking, I
feel it's related to "retain" - someone who holds something in. I feel
it's more a word one would use about someone else than about oneself.
"Reluctant", on the other hand, I'd almost always expect to be followed
by "to", and not limit it to speech, but any action - some celebrities
would be reluctant to eat bugs in the jungle, and I'm reluctant to
exercise. It _can_ be applied to speech of course: I'd say "reluctant to
discuss" and "reticent about" are similar, though with subtle nuances of
difference. (This is why TEFL is such a challenge!)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
The losses on both sides at Borodino , 70 miles from Moscow, are the
equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing into an area of six square miles every five
minutes for the whole ten hours of the battle, killing or wounding everyone on
board. - Andrew Roberts on Napoleon, RT 2015/6/13-19