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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Afraid of One's Own Shadow

Example 1: 
Mark: Are you OK, Sandra? You look worried about something.
Sandra: Oh, hey Mark. I didn't see you there. I've been a little more anxious these days. I can't seem to relax.
Mark: Did something happen?
Sandra: I had a car accident recently. It was pretty bad. Since then, everything scares me. I'm even afraid of my own shadow!
Mark: Well, it will take some time to feel normal again. At least you still have your sense of humor!

Example 2:
Betty: Hey, Jane. I heard you broke up with Steven. I thought you two were getting along. Did something happen?
Jane: No, nothing happened. We got along just fine, but it always bothered me that he was a little too wimpy. 
Betty: Wimpy? What do you mean?
Jane: He wasn't very strong or brave. Last week, someone took a parking spot from us when we were clearly next in line! He didn't do anything! Then, I needed help moving some furniture at home and he tried to help me, but he couldn't lift the dining chair. He's a nice guy, but honestly, he's afraid of his own shadow. I like scary movies, roller coasters, adventure, and excitement! I think he'll have a heart attack if he spends more time with me. 

If someone is described as being afraid of his/her/their own shadow,  it can be said that they get frightened very easily by things that wouldn't normally scare someone. Your shadow is generally something that doesn't frighten you because you understand that it is harmless.
In Example 1, Sandra is emotionally and mentally recovering from an accident. She's understandably still unsettled after her accident, but she jokes that her shadow even frightens her.

In Example 2, Jane felt that Steven was too afraid of things that, in her opinion, shouldn't scare a person. So she ended their relationship.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Scare the Daylights Out of Someone

Example 1:
Jill: Hey Bill, did I tell you the story about the racoon?
Bill: No, but it sounds interesting! What happened?
Jill: Well, last week when I went to take out the garbage, a giant racoon hissed at me! I think I was interrupting his dinner!
Bill: Wow! That's pretty scary! I heard racoons can be pretty dangerous.
Jill: Yes, they can be. He scared the daylights out of me! Tom is taking out the trash next week.

Example 2:
Mom: Sean! Where have you been? You said you would be home at 6. It's almost 9! Why didn't you call?
Sean: Sorry, mom. I was playing video games with Frank and I lost track of time. My phone battery died and I didn't realize it until it was too late.
Mom: I was so worried. It scared the daylights out of me when I called your phone and it went straight to voicemail. Anything can happy and you know how much I worry about you!
Sean: I know mom, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to make you worry.

to scare the daylights out of someone means the same as frighten someone, usually unexpected and surprising.
In Example 1, the racoon surprised and scared Jill. The racoon scared the daylights out of Jill.
In Example 2. Sean frightened his mother. Sean scared the daylights out of his mother.

What is something that scares the daylights out of you?

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