Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Random Tuesday Facts

...because Julie (Cool Mom Guide) begged for it, and I hate to see her beg. Heh! Random facts are as good as random thoughts, right?

Today, we'll tackle the English language...but not too hard since I don't want it to get a concussion. I'd like to highlight the nit-picky distinctions between these pairs: Farther/Further, Eager/Anxious, Use/Utilize.

Farther refers to a greater physical distance, while further means to a great extent, or more.

Eager means to look forward to something, or a happy anticipation of something, while anxious means the nervous anticipation of something, not exactly looking forward to, but more of a dread. An easy way to remember the difference is that "anxious" come from the same root as "anxiety."

Use...well, you all know what that means, whereas utilize means to use something for a purpose for which it was not intended. See this page for a more detailed explanation and an example.

And to round off this intense lesson *snort*, I leave you with a funny (which I had first seen at Diane's Much of a Muchness blog) - "He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home." ~ Johann von Goethe