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By  Dr. Will S. Sert

ANXIOUS: At the Institute for the Linguistically Impaired, we hear from professional writers from time to time. A few, a very few, say they are anxious to learn the difference between that and which.

My colleagues and I are anxious about these writers’ language skill, and we wish they were eager to learn how to use that and which correctly. Most never did, but that’s a different lesson.

Since when did we stop feeling eager to do things and become anxious? Maybe the threat of nucular proliferation started all this anxiety.

I’ve been told that a well-known newspaper editor solicits letters with the line, “We’re anxious to hear from you.  ” Well, considering some of the wingnuts who write letters to the editor, I can sympathize with his not being eager.

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