[ExI] effect/affect again.
spike66 at att.net
Tue Jan 5 00:01:21 UTC 2010
On Behalf Of John Clark
...I think "affectation" still has a place in the English language but
"affect" should die and join other extinct words in that great dictionary in
the sky, words like "methinks","cozen","fardel", "huggermugger", "zounds"
and "typewriter"...John K Clark
Methinks otherwise John. I like the word methinks, and use it occasionally.
I actually agree that the words affect and effect are a flaw in the
language. Words that almost rhyme should have very different meanings and
usages; those two invite conflation methinks.
I also want to keep fardel. I didn't know what that was until I looked it
up. Now I shall try to use it.
I propose a game of balderdash. Perhaps you know of it: the players are
given obscure English words, and they make up definitions, and try to fool
the other players into choosing their definitions over the others, or the
I will not play on fardel, since I looked it up. But here are my other
cozen: the group with which one meditates
huggermugger: one who attempts to take money by force from environmentalists
zounds: the noise often emitted by sleepers
typewriter: you stumped me on that one, never heard of it.
Actually I must be honest and disqualify myself from this one, for I am one
who not only knows what is a typewriter, but actually used one, in college.
I can out-geezer almost everyone here by having used the kind (in college!)
which does not plug in to the wall. Perhaps only Damien can match this,
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