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I wonder if it was someone's way of getting around having to remember if
it's "affected" or "effected". ;)
From: CHRISTINE ANAMEIER [mailto:CANAMEIE -at- email -dot- usps -dot- gov]
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2001 7:08 AM
Subject: Re: USAGE- Wisdom Tooth
> I heard somewhere that the word "impacted" should be
> used only in relation to dental hygiene- more
> specifically "an impacted wisdom tooth".
If anyone ever wants to torture me, all they have to do is stick that
word in a document and then NOT let me edit it out.
I can only guess that this usage of the word was pioneered by someone
who thought the good old word "affected" lacked punch and was
oblivious to the medical connotations. Ick. Worse yet is "impactful."
(Is that even a word?)
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