Embarrassingly Enough, ...

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri May 4 05:07:20 UTC 2007

Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
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>> I should have mentioned that I find "he's embarrassed of who he is" and
>> "she's embarrassed of her mother" to be the correct way to put these
>> expressions and that "about" sounds ungrammatical.
> It seems to me that the most conventional or 'standard' expression is
> "embarrassed by".
> I guess I find "embarrassed about" OK. Similarly "embarrassed in connection
> with", "embarrassed as a result of", etc., when appropriate.
> As for 'correctness', I guess one can utter whatever one pleases: if I mean
> to type "embarrassed of" and I type "embarrassed of", it's correct; if it
> comes out "embarrassed fo", it's incorrect and I will correct it.
I agree with "by" over "of" for "embarrassed by her mother", but "he's
embarrassed of who he is" sounds much better to me, with "by" sounding
somewhat stilted. BB

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