[oclug] [OT] Word of the day: Affect/Effect
Ian! D. Allen
idallen at idallen.ca
Sun Nov 16 20:04:49 EST 2003
On Fri, Jun 27, 2003 at 02:25:09PM -0400, Jim Little wrote:
> So I would be negligent in not pointing out there is more than a negligible
> difference between these two words ;-)
I'm glad you brought up such a subtlety. May I introduce one?
The effect of your words might affect more people than you think.
If you effected a more vociferous demonstration, the affected parties
might even complain. The emotional affect produced by such an effect
might be fun to watch.
Usage Note: Affect and effect have no senses in common. As a verb
affect is most commonly used in the sense of "to influence" (how
smoking affects health). Effect means "to bring about or execute":
layoffs designed to effect savings. Thus the sentence These measures
may affect savings could imply that the measures may reduce savings
that have already been realized, whereas These measures may effect
savings implies that the measures will cause new savings to come
-IAN! Ian! D. Allen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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