This Author’s Pen: Envy & Jealousy

imagesWhile working on edits for Finding Eve, which will be published by Champagne Book Group next September, my editor extraordinaire pointed out an inexcusable error I had made. Not one that I need to don sackcloth and sprinkle myself with ashes over, but an error nevertheless. But a confession I must make: I confused envy and jealousy. Probably won’t even do penance over the error, but I’m grateful to Nikki for the save.

And oh-so-particular Grammar Girl ( agrees with her. She points out that while many see the meanings of the words as overlapping and the distinction between them is blurred, they are quite different. According to Grammar Girl, “some sources say ‘jealous’ is supposed to be limited to resentful emotional rivalries (often romantic) with another person, whereas ‘envious’ can expand to cover desiring or coveting objects or accomplishments gained by another person.

Aristotle recognized the difference when he said: jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belong to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them  through envy.

Check out the pic, a classic found in many textbooks. Tomorrow, Pics of the Weekend.  Rita Bay


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2 responses to “This Author’s Pen: Envy & Jealousy

  1. Nikk

    It was not an “inexcusable” error, dear heart, since the terms are often confused, as you point out. Nice quote from the big A!

  2. I appreciate your gracious demur, dearest Nikki, but words are important. You were doubly gracious not to point out my typo and my failure to use single quotes within double quotes for which I can only plead late night exhaustion. R.

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