One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘older people are sometimes inhibited about discussing the past’
shy, reticent, self-conscious, reserved, diffident, bashful, coy, embarrassed, uneasy, wary, reluctant, uncomfortable, hesitant, apprehensive, nervous, insecure
unconfident, unassertive, timid, timorous, subdued, withdrawn, tongue-tied
repressed, constrained, restrained, undemonstrative
informal uptight, hung up
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