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    how would you number these?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Cacian, Jan 15, 2012.

    in terms of intensity?

    I am afraid of
    I am scared of
    I am terrified of

    I sometimes hesitate between which to use best.
     
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    I am afraid of... small spiders ..a two out of ten intensity rating
    I am scared of...normal sized spiders.. a five out of ten rating
    I am terrified of...big spiders...an eight out of ten rating
     
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    scared > terified > afraid

    haha! This is the dilemma i usually face. With a semi-geeky shadow hovering around me, i once used the phrase 'Mind went haywire like a neuclear reactor beyond critical condition' :D
     
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    Afraid - low intensity: There are hundreds of things I'm afraid of ranging from late bills to misspeaking to my overbearing boss. Also, it's often used in a much more casual context in regular conversation, i.e. "I'm afraid I don't understand."

    Scared - medium intensity: I personally feel that the term "scare" evokes more of a physical reaction than simply being afraid (which could be a result of something as minimal as stress or worry).

    Terrified - high intensity: To me, this suggest an extreme reaction. There are things that frighten, and then there are things that terrorize, that make your heart beat painfully fast and your innards crawl with anxiety.
     
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    I agree with Art and Berber. Terrified > Scared > Afraid
     
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    How surprising!!
    I would have thought terrified would the first one.
    Scared middle or second
    Afraid first and
    Any reasons why you thought out your order in this way?
     
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    I agree with Berber - afraid can be mild, a scare is slightly more intense, but terrified is where people freeze, their minds empty on how to deal with the paralyzing fear that fills them.
     
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    you didn't say if the worst should go first, or the least, so some posts have the worst first and some the least...
     

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