No. 2: Are You “Anxious” or “Eager”?

Anxious” is often used when “eager” was intended.  We hear quite often, “I’m really anxious to go on vacation.”  This may be true if one will be spending time with disagreeable relatives!  In most cases, the individual means to say that he is looking forward to the event (being eager for it, not anxious about it).  We can remember the difference more easily if we recall that being “anxious” comes from having anxiety.

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4 thoughts on “No. 2: Are You “Anxious” or “Eager”?

  1. Interesting and disconcerting at the same time! Here’s a word that has somehow been transformed from a preposition into a noun in the current vernacular:concerning. I have come across several articles in which a phrase such as “the crime rate is very concerning” appears. The crime rate can cause much concern or one may be concerned about it, but the word “concerning” by definition simply means “relating to” or “regarding”. Odd as it may seem, of the two words I used at the beginning of this reply only one was recognized in the Webster’s dictionary I referenced (1963 edition). Would you believe it was the latter of the two, disconcerting? Interesting.

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