A man entrapped by urban development out of control in Panama City, Panama. His hands seem to be handcuffed to his back as he looks in anguish for help at the woman in the background.  Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


10 thoughts on “Entrapped”

  1. Entrapped” is alright, but “Trapped” is just as good.A simple, single syllable.

    From George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing:

    Never use a long word where a short one will do.

    Long words don’t make you sound intelligent unless used skillfully. In the wrong situation they’ll have the opposite effect, making you sound pretentious and arrogant. They’re also less likely to be understood and more awkward to read.

    When Hemingway was criticized by Faulkner for his limited word choice he replied:

    Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.

  2. Oldsalt, perhaps when your command of Spanish reaches the level of Omar’s command of Engish you might be in a position to advise. I thoroughly enjoy Omar’s writing and have no wish to see if modified.
    Thank you.

    1. Jim and Nena – You know absolutely NOTHING about the relationship Omar and I have with each other and his use of the English language. Perhaps if you DON’T know something it would behoove you to keep your pie holes shut rather than getting on your high horse.

  3. @Richard
    @Jim and Nena

    Communication requires a careful selection of codes which are called words. Most people will communicate better with others using simple, easy to understand codes. I agree with Richard.

    When I used the word “entrapped” it reminded me of a book which used this word in a situation similar to the story of the image above. It echoed in my mind more dramatic than “trapped“. However, as you both know, English is not my native tongue.

    English is my darling and has been so since I was six. Sometimes I enjoy it immensely and sometimes it drives me crazy. But I continue to struggle with this “love-hate” linguistic experience. Everyday I study between three to four hours of English in different ways, (e.g., movies, Internet articles, blogs, songs, radio, magazines, etc.) My greatest challenge with English has been the proper use of idioms. Jim donated a great book on this subject which is a marvelous reference to understand these idiomatic phrases—“Webster’s New World – American Idioms Handbook”.

    Thank you Richard and Jim for your support and encouragement in polishing up my English. I will take heed and try to make a better selection of my words in the future.

    Having an evident linguistic handicap, I have switched to photography. If I am able to communicate better using images, then the written word is no longer essential in my blog posts. I will try to use both of them, the best I can.

    Best Regards,


  4. I don’t see the man as trapped or entrapped. He seems relaxed and at ease, chatting with the woman. It’s funny how each of us can bring out own experiences to a photo, and, hence, interpret it differently.

    And by the way — there isn’t a single thing wrong with entrapped. There’s a very slight difference in meaning between “entrapped” and “trapped” and, in my opinion, you chose the right word to convey your point.

  5. Morning Linda:

    I agree with you. Different persons will interpret an image in different ways. Our own individual background will determine how we interpret reality. Thus the subjective appreciation of art.

    French Impressionists were not understood at all. They were rejected by the general public, yet now their paintings are worth millions of dollars.

    Thank your for your comments.


  6. @Richard:
    @Jim and Nena

    I want you to know that I hold both of you as dear friends, and I have learn a lot about English through your support and assistance.

    I would welcome a return to a peaceful settlement of the English issue and enjoy it pleasures. We can get so many rewards with this language, as well as a lot of frustration. 🙂

    I feel honored to have both of you as friends.

    Enjoy the rest of the day,


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