Posted by: episystechpubs | October 16, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Anxious vs. Eager

Good morning to you all.

On Monday, I discussed two commonly confused words: envy and jealousy. Today I’m going to discuss two words that are more common in the business world but that are equally confused: anxious and eager.

Of these two words, anxious has a more negative connotation. Merriam-Webster explains that this word means “afraid or nervous especially about what may happen : feeling anxiety.” I feel anxious during a movie when I hear the creepy music that means something scary or violent is about to happen. I also feel anxious when someone says, “I have bad news.” And most people feel anxious before giving a presentation.

In contrast, the word eager has a positive connotation. According to Merriam-Webster, to be eager is to be “very excited and interested : feeling a strong and impatient desire to do something.” I feel eager when I’m getting ready to go on vacation. And I am eager to spend more time with my son before he joins the US Coast Guard.

So, although a lot of people are using these words interchangeably, I would never tell a client that I was anxious about an upcoming event, meeting, or presentation. I would put a positive spin on the situation and let the client know that I am eager to get started.

And on the other hand, I would never tell my sister that I am eager to take another trip to Las Vegas with her. She’s crazy wild. Anyway, I think Las Vegas banned her.

Donna Bradley Burcher | Technical Editor, Adv. | Symitar®

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123 | Ph. 619.278.0432 | Ext: 765432

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