[ExI] Captchas

john clark jonkc at bellsouth.net
Sat Aug 13 04:58:50 UTC 2011

On Aug 12, 2011, at 11:06 PM, David Lubkin wrote:

  >"affect is also a noun with a very different meaning."

Not just different but VERY different?? My dictionary says the noun form of "affect" means "influencing behavior or action", the very same dictionary says "influencing" means "the capacity to have an *effect*". If that is different is sure as hell isn't VERY different 

We already have a perfectly good word for those meanings, effect, as in cause and effect, so the only excuse "affect" has for existing is its secondary meaning "to pretend".

 >"And effect is also a verb with a very different meaning."

And as a verb "effect" means "to cause something to happen or bring about", and "cause" means "a person or thing that gives rise to a phenomena", as in "the punch you gave me caused me to have a bloody nose" or "the rain caused me to walk faster". I'll be damned if I can see the difference between these two words that you think is so VERY important.

  John K Clark

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