Daily Life - Paranoid (C0148)

A:  Dan, Dan dude. You have to come over to my house right now!
B:  Is everything Ok?
A:  Just get over here!
A:  Come in! Quickly!
B:  So, since when is your house a bank?
A:  What do you mean?
B:  I mean, what's up with the and locks and iron bars on your windows.
A:  Security Dan, security! You can never be too safe you know! A lot of sickos out there. Just the other day they caught that peeping tom red handed! Had a high power telescope and binoculars by his window.
B:  Whats the matter with you? Why are you acting all paranoid?
A:  Paranoid? I'm not paranoid! I'm cautious! You see Dan, we have to be on guard at all time! People just invade your privacy as if they knew you! Telemarketers, solicitors, even your bank! They have way too much information! I like to keep everything on a need to know basis
B:  OK, well, what did you want to see me about?
A:  You are being watched! Be careful Dan! Be careful!

Key Vocabulary

sickoA deranged, psychotic, or morbidly obsessed person
red handeddoing something wrong or illegal
invadeto affect in an unwanted way
paranoidhaving an feeling that people will harm you
need to know basissituation where you have only the information you need

Supplementary Vocabulary

schizophreniaa psychotic disorder characterized by withdrawal from reality, hallucinations, or emotional instability
the gridinformal way of describing the network of information that can be used to keep track of someone
traceTo locate or discover by searching or researching evidence
peeping tomA person who gets pleasure, from secretly watching others; a voyeur.
delusionA false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness

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