One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘as a young man, Sewell was rather reserved’
reticent, self-restrained, restrained, quiet, private, self-contained
uncommunicative, unforthcoming, undemonstrative, unsociable, formal, constrained, cool, aloof, stand-offish, detached, distant, remote, unapproachable, unfriendly, withdrawn, guarded, secretive, media-shy, close, silent, taciturn, close-mouthed
shy, retiring, diffident, timid, demure, self-effacing, shrinking, inhibited, introverted
unemotional, cold, chilly, frigid
2‘the corner table is reserved, I'm afraid’
booked, taken, spoken for, prearranged
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