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What is the difference between `nervous' and `edgy'?

(S.P. Ramachandran, Hyderabad)

A person who is nervous or edgy is tense or worried about something. Of the two, `nervous' is the more general term. Someone who is nervous need not necessarily show that he is worried about something. He may be outwardly very calm, but on the inside, he may be extremely agitated. A person who is `edgy' shows he is worried; the tension is there for all to see. He is anxious and is therefore very irritable. Small things set him off; he may argue or fight with those around him.

*Gayathri said she was nervous, but she certainly didn't look it during the presentation.

*The soldiers were edgy as they waited for their orders from the Captain.

S. UPENDRAN

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