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stalked • paranoid • unsearchable
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  1. I think he actually her all through high school.
  2. She actually at the sound of his voice.
  3. She doesn't have many friends online, because she is .
  4. After he saw a coconut fall out of a tree, he was very about one falling on his head.
  5. This relationship will never work if you continue to be this .
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1164 Families and Facebook

Alex and Maria talk about having family keep tabs on them with social media.

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stalk

He was stalking me.

We use 'stalk' like this to talk about one person following or finding out information about another person because of an unusual level of interest in that person.  Notice the following:

  1. She actually had to call the police about the man who was stalking her.
  2. I don't want you to think I'm stalking you, but I have a very important question to ask.

paranoid

He's very paranoid about Facebook.

If you are 'paranoid' about something, you are nervous or scared about it.  Usually 'paranoid' is used to describe unreasonable fears. Notice the following:

  1. She is extremely paranoid about finding spiders in the house.
  2. After years of bad traveling luck, she always gets a bit paranoid before she goes on trips.

unsearchable

I keep telling him I'm unsearchable.

If you are 'unsearchable' on a social media site, it means that someone cannot search for you by name and find you.  This is for privacy reasons. Notice the following:

  1. A good way to keep your social media sites private is to make yourself unsearchable.
  2. I will send you a friend request, because my name is unsearchable.

self-centered

Her opinion, originally, was that it was for people who are really, really self-centered.

Someone who is 'self-centered' only focuses on himself and doesn't think much about other people. Notice the following:

  1. Only children can be very spoiled and self-centered.
  2. He has always been a little self-centered about things like this.

bristle

You instantly go shhh, oh dear, you bristle, you know?

Used like this, 'bristle' refers to a feeling of being nervous or on edge.  When people start talking about something that makes you uncomfortable, you may tense up at the beginning of the conversation.  That is bristling. Notice the following:

  1. As soon as the phone rang, he bristled with annoyance.
  2. Every time she hears his name she bristles a little.

 

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