Impact   8 comments

Please, do not misuse “impact,”

substituting it for other

verbs, such as “influence” and “affect.”

Nobody has impacted me, or

else I would have known the effect

of the collision.  No crater

or wedging in someplace, “impact”

is not properly a good verb.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 16, 2019 COMMON ERA

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Originally published at ORIGINAL POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY BLOG

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/impact/

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Posted April 16, 2019 by neatnik2009 in Language

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  2. 😍😍 I have heard the word “impactful” used so many times when describing something that affected someone emotionally! Gotta love it!

    • I also despise “impactful.”

      We live in treacherous linguistic times, as the decline of the Merriam-Webster website attests. That website now states that one can correctly use “literally” hyperbolically to mean “figuratively.”

      • I had used discomfited in a sentence in a meeting. I went home to make sure I used it correctly. It said that one of the definitions has now changed due to the current use of it. That made me realize that English is a live language, everchanging. Think about all the new meanings for words that meant something totally different decades ago!

      • I know, but I prefer the proscriptive function of dictionaries. “Literally” may not accurately mean “figuratively.” Or consider “decimate.” ‘Deci” means “one tenth,” so to decimate is properly to wipe out a tenth of something. Also, “viable” properly means “capable of living.” A business plan may be feasible, but never viable.

      • You certainly have a good grasp on the English language!

      • My grandmother Taylor taught English for four decades.

      • No wonder! :)

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