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Reticent

December 2011
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After injuring his back from slipping on the ice and falling, Chad was evermore reticent to venture out on snowy days.

Hmm … what do you think? Do you think Chad was embarrassed by his fall? I mean, why else would he not want to talk about it? Or perhaps he’s just not a talkative guy. I don’t know. But I do know this, reticent means disinclined to speak.

In the “injury” sentence above, Chad is not disinclined to speak; he’s disinclined to venture out. So, the appropriate word would be reluctant.

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