It is with mixed emotions
Whenever somebody resigns, or does something out of the ordinary, the president at our institution always sends out an email that begins
It is with extremely mixed emotions that I announce the resignation of so-and-so. He’s leaving to go do another job Z at institute W.
I am kind of confused by this kind of statement from a higher up. What does it mean?I imagine one of the following:
- “I didn’t really like him, so it’s kinda good he left. Anyway best of luck to him.”
- “Always hated him”.
Why do people phrase resignation announcements like this, and what are the goals with the ambiguity (in writing “mixed emotions”, but without elaborating)?
Ha, ha. I didn’t write the above words, I took them, plain ol’ stole them actually, from what describes itself as “a site for speakers of other languages learning English” Well, good luck with that. Doesn’t make a lick of sense from what I can tell, and I’ve been yabbering away in it for more years than I’d care to recollect. I originally included it as a sort of excuse for using the phrase ‘it is with mixed emotions’, but then, I saw the words ‘the president at our institution’ (which I’ve highlighted in red), and just about busted a gut laughing. However, now, I’m remembering the real purpose of the post, and so, become a little more serious, a tad bit solemn even, while presenting the following with genuine mixed emotions.