Facing the question of affect vs. effect, I managed an Internet journey on my now defunct computer. I like to brush up my book knowledge, and I found some brushing material on Grammar Girl, part of a website called Quick and Dirty Tips.
FOR HEAVENS SAKE! Why must the salacious slant be thrust upon us as commercially essential? (I dont think Dirty is used here to tune us in to cleaning muddy floors, but the site isnt smutty, either. I also tired of car commercials claiming the cars are sexy.) OK, so Dick Clark died, and Im old.
Mignon Fogarty wrote, I get asked whether to use affect or effect all the time and it is by far the most requested grammar topic.
It's actually pretty straightforward. The majority of the time you use affect with an a as a verb and effect with an e as a noun. affect verb effect noun! [AVEN see, last part of HEAVEN that parts my idea as old people do keep thinking about Heaven and such.]
Affect with an a means to influence, as in The rain affected Amy's hairdo. Affect can also mean, roughly, to act in a way that you don't feel, as in, She affected an air of superiority.
Effect with an e has a lot of subtle meanings as a noun, but to me the meaning a result seems to be at the core of all the definitions. For example, you can say, The sound effects were amazing, or The rain had no effect on Amy's hairdo.
So what about those rare meanings that don't follow the rules I just gave you? Well, affect can be used as a noun when you're talking about psychology--it means the mood that someone appears to have. For example, She displayed a happy affect. Psychologists find it useful because they know that you can never really understand what someone else is feeling. You can only know how they appear to be feeling. And, effect can be used as a verb that essentially means to bring about, or to accomplish.
EXAMPLE He hoped to effect change when he chose a political career.
WOW! All I had to do was write about my love of myself and paste stuff from online.
ONLINE DEPARTMENT The Window Through Which We Look (Thanks, J.W.)A young couple moves into anew neighborhood. The next morning while theyare eating breakfast, the young woman sees herneighbor hanging the wash outside.That laundry is not very clean, she said. She doesn't know how to washcorrectly. Perhaps she needs betterlaundry soap. Her husband looked on, butremained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would makethe same comments. About a month later, thewoman was surprised to see anice clean wash on the line, and said to her husband: Look, she has learned how towash correctly. I wonder who taught herthis.The husband replied, I got upearly this morning andcleaned our windows. And so it is with life. Whatwe see when watching others, depends on the purity of thewindow through which we look.
Punnier Than Ever (Thanks, J.A.) I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. Now it's syncing. Jokes about German sausage are the wurst kind. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me. This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. I dropped out of Communism class because of lousy Marx. A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy. The earthquake in Washington was obviously the government's fault.
BW (Bigtime Word) glaucous (in botany) anything pale bluish green or greenish blue. Yeah, Ive seen that stuff.