Re: Functionality (redux)(ad infinitum) (#716880)

Subject: Re: Functionality (redux)(ad infinitum) (#716880)
From: Bill Burns <wburns -at- MICRON -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 13:05:00 -0600

23-MAY-1996 11:07:10.09

>I don't mind functionality as such; maybe it's been beaten into my head.

>The one I hate is 'effectivity', as in 'the Engineering Change Order has an
>effectivity date of ...'

>Why can't it just have an effective date?

>Garret Romaine
>gromaine -at- radisys -dot- com

Here is an excellent example of the misue of *-ity* as a suffix. Since the
suffix denotes a quality of that to which it is affixed, it should change a word
into a noun rather than an adjective. Since *effectivity* as a noun doesn't
quite roll off the tongue the way *effectiveness* does, the former probably
won't replace the latter (at least we can hope). Garrett's right, as well, in
that a noun-type term is being used in place of a perfectly good adjective
(although I'd use it as a predicate adjective).

Bill Burns
Assembly Training and Documentation Supervisor

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