In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- Ironic, too, that he's diffident to the point of sheepishness, even in front of the most adoring audience.
- Far from being diffident, gratulatory or admiring, patients may bubble with entitlement, seethe with rage and insist on constant approval.
- A champion of women's education in the truly liberal sense, he helped many a shy diffident young woman face the academic world.
- He made sure that his furniture received the maximum publicity at international fairs, although he came across as a surprisingly diffident and modest man.
- And his diffident manner should not be mistaken for a lack of energy.
- He was as diffident as you would expect, and, as with most famous people, my main thought upon seeing him in the flesh was that he looked just like he does on television.
- Far from being arrogant, today's doctors are diffident and afflicted by insecurity and self-doubt.
- With diffident reluctance, she rose from her seat and went to where her outer robe hung; a wooden peg set in the near wall.
- I am blaming the fact it's St George's day for my refusal to complain - what could be more English than feeling too diffident to complain about receiving an awful haircut?
- You become anxious, and this in turn causes you to become diffident, which consequently kills your body's alacrity.
- She is neither diffident nor boastful about this fact.
- After reading her views on the debate, it makes me wish I had something weighty or political to say, but I'm a little diffident about the whole thing.
- The tenor in these passages is definitive and assertive, quite at odds with the unassuming, almost diffident, tone of the rest of the book.
- With no one to listen to them, they get trapped in their problems and grow up diffident and unsure of their abilities.
- They are, with good reason, less diffident and less fearful.
- Dating agencies were once sniggered at as the last resort of those too diffident, dull or undesirable to find a partner in the normal course of their social life.
- For those who are rather diffident about facing a public examination, there are helpful ‘proxy writers’ available.
- He looked rather sheepish and diffident, hands in pockets and a nervous grin on his face.
- Emotionally diffident, he lacks the physical and dramatic force to invest the role with heroism.
- Thirty years later he is still embarrassed or diffident every time he is confronted with even a simple practical task.
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