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I'm not a native English speaker but I have this vague idea that the word impending has something rather gloomy and threatening about it, is it so? 20:44, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

Erm, it can in some cases. Think, for example, of a sentence something like this:
And so, your impending doom has been prophesied. 50 Xylophone Players talk 20:55, 9 December 2009 (UTC)