anxious vs eager : Common Errors in English

About anxious vs eager

Most people use “anxious”interchangeably with “eager,” but its original meaning had to do with worrying, being full of anxiety. Perfectly correct phrases like, “anxious to please” obscure the nervous tension implicit in this word and lead people to say less correct things like “I’m anxious for Christmas morning to come so I can open my presents.” Traditionalists frown on anxiety-free anxiousness. Say instead you are eager for or looking forward to a happy event.

anxious Meaning(s)

  • (s) eagerly desirous
  • (s) causing or fraught with or showing anxiety

eager Meaning(s)

  • (n) a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
  • (a) having or showing keen interest or intense desire or impatient expectancy

anxious in News

  1. Fish on Prozac: Anxious, Anti-Social, Aggressive

    When fish swim in waters tainted with antidepressant drugs, they become anxious, anti-social and sometimes even homicidal.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Jackson Free Press

  2. Long, anxious night for Coloradio wildfire evacuees

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Parking lots in shopping centers near the intersection of Woodmen and Meridian were packed with trailers and cars on Tuesday night as evacuees from the Black Forest Fire spent a long, anxious night waiting to see what Wednesday would bring.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KPAX Missoula

  3. Fish on Prozac Prove Anxious, Antisocial, Aggressive

    When fish swim in waters tainted with antidepressant drugs, they become anxious, anti-social and sometimes even homicidal. [More]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Scientific American

eager in News

  1. NHL playoffs: After 3OT Game 1, Chicago and Boston eager for rest

    NHL playoffs: After 3OT Game 1, Chicago and Boston eager for rest by Jay Cohen The Associated Press Published Jun 13, 2013 11:07PM MDT Chicago • Long after the celebration was over, Marian Hossa finally made it home and managed to fall asleep around 3 a.m. The Chicago star woke up a few hours later, roused by a noisy neighbor. “I think my neighbor decided he was going to drill in the morning ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

  2. US participating in international Eager Lion exercise in Jordan

    Eager Lion, a 12-day annual military exercise involving 8,000 personnel from 19 countries, is underway in Jordan as the civil war rages next door in Syria. About 5,000 Americans from all services are participating.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Stars and Stripes

  3. If you're eager for a taste of OS X Mavericks, how about using its rather nice wallpaper?

    If you're eager for a taste of OS X Mavericks, how about using its rather nice wallpaper? Apple has made it available online —go get it. Read more...        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Gizmodo

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