My college thesis advisor (who I was just an eensy bit afraid of) told me that people who don’t look up a word they don’t know are illiterate. Which is why for years my constant reading companion was a small dictionary.
When I started using the Kindle app to read when we were traveling in Costa Rica, I was delighted to discover that while devoid of the lovely feel of pages and heft of a book, the device allows me to simply place my finger on a word to reveal its definition.
The only problem is that (and I’m not making this up) when I’m reading actual books now, I occasionally catch myself touching an unfamiliar word on the page.
ANYway, in the course of my Month of Savoring, I’ve found myself asking, “What is the difference between efficient and rushed?”
I ask since I think sometimes I get the two confused.
“I’m just being efficient,” I say to myself as I make dinner, prepare granola, feed the cat, and listen to music for class. “It’s more efficient this way,” I hear myself saying as I squeeze in three errands in 15 minutes before class. In the name of efficiency, I’ll check emails on my phone during breakfast and send texts while I’m reviewing choreography for class.
And my heart is beating fast and I have an edge of irritation and all I see is what is directly in front of me. Am I efficient or rushed?
So I turn to one of my most-visited sites, dictionary.com to see where my understanding of efficient and rushed may have gone astray…
1. performing or functioning in the best possible manner with the least waste of time and effort; having and using requisite knowledge, skill, and industry; competent; capable: a reliable, efficient assistant.
2. satisfactory and economical to use: Our new air conditioner is more efficient than our old one.
3. producing an effect, as a cause; causative.
4. utilizing a particular commodity or product with the least waste of resources or effort (usually used in combination): a fuel-efficient engine.
1. to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
2. to dash, especially to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
3. to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly: The blood rushed to his face.
And there it is. Big difference.
Efficient feels economical, easeful, skillful. Rushed feels fast and violent. Rushed is an attack or onslaught.
Efficient vs Rushed: Skillful and economical vs violent attack.