paranoid : Common Errors in English

About paranoid

The most common meaning of “paranoid” has to do with irrational fears of persecution, especially the unjustified fear that people are plotting against you. More generally it is applied to irrational fears of other kinds; but it is often misused of rational fears, as in “I know my Mom has been reading my blog, so I’m paranoid that she’s found out what Jason and I did last Saturday night.” That’s not paranoia, but fully justifiable fear. It also doesn’t make sense to use “paranoid” about mild worries and fears. When you say you are paranoid, you should be conveying your own irrationality, not the risks you feel you are running.

paranoid Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person afflicted with paranoia
  • (s) suffering from paranoia

paranoid in News

  1. ON MENTAL ILLNESS: Misperceived by Society

    Most people are taught by sensationalized news and exaggerated movies to be paranoid about persons with mental illness. People should realize that most mentally ill people are not dangerous, and on the contrary, are often victimized by criminals who see us as relatively defenseless people.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Berkeley Daily Planet

  2. Paranoid Government

    Like many of my fellow Americans, I’m getting pretty concerned about a fringe group in our country that’s growing increasingly isolated and paranoid. Worse, we now have indications that this group is lashing out in ignorance and fear.It’s time that we finally confront the problem of...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New York Post

  3. Paranoid Android's HALO does Chat Heads-inspired multitasking, goes open source

    It's been a couple months since we first saw the fruits of team Paranoid Android's labor around in-app pop-up window multitasking, and it looks like Paul Henschel and co. are finally sharing the finished product . HALO, as it's called, loosely combines the ideas behind Samsung's Multi Window and FaceBook's Chat Heads into a slick multitasking interface. The feature is activated from the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Engadget

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