Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Don't be anxious about using "eager"

I was dismayed to see this line in a Facebook post from my favorite health/fitness magazine, which is usually high quality in the mechanics of language department:

"Anxious to get back outside after a long winter? Try these outdoor moves to get you started:"

Why would I be anxious to get back outside after a long winter? Well, sure, there's the mosquito thing, but that's a small price to pay after the winter we've suffered through.

What they surely intended to say is "Eager to get back outside ...?" To be anxious is to have anxiety (see how both words start with anx?).

I might be anxious about exposing my bright-white legs in shorts just yet, but I am definitely eager to get outside.

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