to disturb OR upset the balance in their lives?

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  • panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    Both terms sound perfectly natural, but I don't think they are the same, so the answer to "which is more common" depends on how often each is appropriate :)
    I think that "upset" is a lot more dramatic than "disturb".
     

    boozer

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    Bulgarian
    I think that "upset" is a lot more dramatic than "disturb".
    I think that too.

    If life were a glass of water, then I imagine disturbing its balance would make it shake but it would probably not fall. If, however, the balance were upset, I would expect the the water to be spilled.

    Or is it my imagination?
     
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