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Learn something every day! I had no idea embarrass had these other definitions. But yes, the odd phrasing usually gives them away, as does the copy-paste from some legitimate site in order to sound American. "based in Camp Red Cloud, Stationed in Uijeongbu, South Korea promoting peace around the Korean Peninsula." No American military would have used "based" and "stationed" in the same sentence. Nor would they have included the puffery about "promoting peace."I've been sent this one three times, each from a different email address, under the heading of : BLESSED CONSIGNMENT PROPOSAL.QuoteI hope this finds you well.Protesting that it isn't intended to cause embarrassment seems really strange, IMHO. Merriam-Webster defines it as:
This message is not intended to cause any form of embarrassment or intrusion in whatever form.I am sgt Gary of the United States Army on Active Duty, based in Camp Red Cloud, Stationed in Uijeongbu, South Korea promoting peace around the Korean Peninsula. I have a proposal of mutual benefit for you and it is one hundred percent risk free. It does not require your funding and I will be glad to discuss more of this in my next message, if you are interested. My ID will also be sent in due course.
Thank you for your time.
God bless AmericaQuote: the state of feeling foolish in front of othersSo receiving an email from an obvious spammer makes me feel foolish?
: something or someone that causes a person or group to look or feel foolish
Actually, "embarrass" has a couple of further definitions, which are more relevant:Quote2. to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
3. to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede:
"The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill."
4. to beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt:
"The decline in sales embarrassed the company."
This is I think a sign of the typical "Nigerian" scams, which may sometimes use words very formally, but not in ways commonly encountered in North America.
And I think that definition (4) is what responding to a scam usually leads to.