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In an estuary, the meeting place of a river and a tidal sea, harsh conditions can adversely effect commercial shipping. For example, near the Amazon delta is the estuary for the Para River in which the incoming tide can build up to a flood wave of water. As the wave moves inland, the estuary becomes narrower and the wave becomes a wall of water that can grow to hieghts of 5 or 10 meters. This daily tidal wave can cause significant damage along the river bank and is accompanied by a frightening sound called the pororoca (thundering water). Needless to say, few merchants are anxious to operate ships in such an estuary.
- Eager versus Anxious -
An example of a word misused occurs in the last sentence of our opening paragraph:
Needless to say, few merchants are anxious to operate ships in such an estuary.
If you are anxious you are suffering from anxiety -- you are upset and unhappy. From the context of the sentence, it is obvious that the author really meant to say that few merchants look forward to operating ships in such an estuary. The proper word to use is eager:
Needless to say, few merchants are eager to operate ships in such an estuary.