Why you need to be careful with shades of meaning – don’t make this mistake

Choose the Right Words

How would YOU react?

What would YOU think if you got this message:

I WANT TO BE INTIMATE WITH YOU.

My friend Melissa Karydas* told me this interesting story about someone who used “the right word in the wrong context”.

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By that expression – I mean a word that is technically correct as s synonym– yet inappropriate in the wrong context.

The person from an ESL background (English as  s Second Language) was trying to be friendly.

He was also trying to use other words that mean friendly.

One of those words he tries using was: intimate

Here are some standard definitions of intimate

in·ti·mate

 

adjective
1.
associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
2.
characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close or familiar association orfeeling: an intimate greeting.
3.
very private; closely personal: one’s intimate affairs.
4.
characterized by or suggesting privacy  warmly cozy: an intimate little café.
5.
(of an association, knowledge, understanding, etc.) arising from close personal connection or familiar experience.
So this writer wanted to be closer friends and wrote to a girl the message at the start of this post:
I want to be…

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