Re: Ok, let me have it. Mired in minutiae.

Subject: Re: Ok, let me have it. Mired in minutiae.
From: Megan McMacken <mcmackme -at- FRC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 11:16:51 -0400

>If we sidestep the "your / you're" issue, what about this use of the word

I had a college professor who spent half of a lecture discussing the misuse
of the word "hopefully." It's an adverb, but writers and speakers very
rarely associate it with a verb. I finally decided to go ahead and misuse
it in conversation and informal writing, but I think I have successfully
purged it from my professional vocabulary. :)

Another word that is often misused is "impact." An "impact" (n) is a
"forceful contact, collision, or onset." To "impact" (v) is to "press
together; to have an impact on." So what does it mean to have a "positive
impact" on someone or something? Gee, sounds rather painful. In most cases
"positive influence" or "positive effect" is what a writer is really trying
to say.

Perhaps "impact" should fall into the same category as "proactive."

Megan E. McMacken
Product Development and Documentation
FANUC Robotics North America, Inc.
Rochester Hills, Michigan
megan -dot- mcmacken -at- fanucrobotics -dot- com

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