Mighty Red Pen

November 10, 2008

Effectively speaking

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Overseen — mighty red pen @ 7:34 pm
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Hat tip to CRShelton, who kept his wits about him even while Obamamania swept the nation and spotted this little tidbit on Abc15.com:


Affect versus effect: for a quick reminder of the difference, we can turn to Brians’ Common Errors in English: “When ‘affect’ is accented on the final syllable (a-FECT), it is usually a verb meaning ‘have an influence on.’ . . . . The real problem arises when people confuse the first spelling with the second: ‘effect.’ This too can be two different words. The more common one is a noun.” So this headline would more correctly read, “Foreclosure affects how and where you vote in Valley.”


Bonus MRP moment: In his discussion of affect versus effect, Brians manages to fit in a few words for us to chew over: “Hey, nobody ever said English was logical: just memorize it and get on with your life.”


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