I've always confused 'diffident' with 'different'. they are not the same thing. the key is in the origin both have Latin roots but the Latin different is from the Latin 'differencia'. the Latin 'diffident' is from two words compounded 'dis' and 'fidere' along the way to Middle English and then to English 'dis' became 'dif' 'fidere' became 'fident' to make diffident but what does it mean? it means “modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence” different, as we all know, means not the same so I was DIFFIDENT to start this blog because of all the DIFFERENT ways that you can be trolled online. yet just going for it creates confidence confidence kills diffidence. just be careful because there is a good argument to make that the second you have too much confidence you may want to practice being a little humble a little...diffident.