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I get lots of emails at work from coworkers that I normally don't bother to read. I don't care about marketing or any of the Rah Rah Pomp. I don't care that a person I have never heard of before was promoted in another office. I get tons of these emails sent out to the whole company and I rarely read them. I was however great amused by this one. the last sentence ensured that I will be eagerly awaiting the next one...

This fortnightly newsletter seeks to strengthen the brand by excising poor grammar and usage from our communications.

This week’s topic: anxious vs. eager

Example sentence (incorrect usage): “Eager to show his enthusiasm for the assignment, Randy effused, “We’re very anxious to get started.” Alarmed, the client asked, “Why so anxious, Randy?”

Anxious and eager are often used interchangeably in written and verbal communications. They shouldn’t be. While both of these words relate to the anticipation of coming events, they have very different implications:

Anxious connotes worry due to anticipated danger or misfortune. As a rule, anxiety is not the mindset that we want to project to clients and prospects.

Eager, by contrast, connotes a keen longing or impatience. It suggests a positive, confident orientation to future events.

Coming next time: uninterested vs. disinterested

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Apr. 12th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Very clever.


Apr. 12th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
finally... trash email that i actually agree with...
Apr. 13th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
I hope they do a riff on less vs few. It's a pet peeve I have.
Apr. 13th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
I get into trouble when I write things like this at work.
Never stopped me from doing it though.

I love this one.
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