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The Depth of Shame in the Word “Vergüenza”

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Chris in Ithaca, New York, contends that English needs a word that packs the same punch as the Spanish word vergüenza, usually translated as “shame,” but conveying more than that. Vergüenza derives from Latin verecundia, which specifies a kind of shame associated with knowing the sense of propriety and behavior expected of a person’s position in society. This is part of a complete episode.

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