Say hwat?! ‘Anxious’ versus ‘eager.’ Pink stein.

943. Join us for a fascinating romp through the evolution of phrases like “you know,” “right?” and “I mean” from Beowulf’s time to today. Plus, we look at how people’s feelings about using “anxious” to mean “eager” are changing, and how that can affect your writing.

The discourse marker segment was written by Valerie Fridland, a professor of linguistics at the University of Nevada in Reno and the author of “Like Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English.” You can find her at

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