Looking for the RIGHT word

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  1. Tommy Fisher

    Tommy Fisher New Member

    I am looking for the right word or term to describe this situation. Someone suggested the word “allude” or “evasive.” I need your opinion.

    John had a favor glass. Jane accidentally broke it. John knew Jane broke it, but Jane did not know that John knew she broke it. John shouted, “Who broke my glass” to see Jane would honestly response.

    What is the proper term at the moment John shouted?
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  2. Tracy Gies

    Tracy Gies New Member

    Are you looking for a term that describes why or what John did? Or, are you looking for a term that describes Jane's action?

    In the former case, I would suggest that John was baiting Jane.
    For the latter, I would say that Jane was being secretive.

  3. Tommy Fisher

    Tommy Fisher New Member

    Jane loves to eat candies. John tells a boy not to eat candies, because it is bad for his teeth while Jane is next to John. (John indirectly telling Jane not to eat candies). What John is doing? What the word for this?

    Bait is the proper term?
  4. Bill Highsmith

    Bill Highsmith New Member

    The first example is baiting. The second is indirection. They're both subterfuge.
  5. Gus Sainz

    Gus Sainz New Member

    Three words that may apply are insinuate, intimate, and imply.
  6. StevenKing

    StevenKing Active Member

    Word suggestion

    It sounds like John is trying to entice a response. Induce, or the act of encouraging a given response, might be a good way to go.

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  7. DCross

    DCross New Member

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    Nicole-HUX New Member


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