The Strange Workings Of The English Language Part Three

Here is part two in my new series, where I take a look at the weird and wonderful world of words. If you missed part one, please click here. You’ll find part two here.

Q. What is the difference between effect and affect?

A. Effect is a noun. It means outcome, consequence, or appearance e.g. What effect will leaving the EU have on Britain?

Affect. To affect is a verb. It means to transform or to change e.g. Does the hot weather affect you?

Interesting word of the week:


Meaning: Impractical; unrealistic; exceedingly idealistic.



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10 Responses to The Strange Workings Of The English Language Part Three

  1. jwebster2 says:

    But just to twist the knife, you can find somebody’s attitude ‘affected’ whilst you can say that somebody has ‘effected’ change. But probably only if you’re American or addicted to ‘business-speak’ 🙂

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  2. Jason Moody says:

    * watches as everything flies over his head *

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  3. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out part 3 of Esther Chilton’s series on the strange workings of the English Language from this post on her blog

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  4. Pingback: Quixotic Thoughts (odd word poem) | Simplicity Lane

  5. Steve says:

    I wrote the poem Quixote Thoughts, based on your interesting word of the week, and posted it today on Simplicity Lane.

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