Impact This, Buddy

Date: Sun, 19 Nov 1995 10:36:28 EST
From: Brian McInturff <turf@GELAC.LASC.LOCKHEED.COM>
Subject: Impact this, buddy

    Sitting through a meeting the other day. I couldn't help but notice the number of times the words "impact" and "impacted" were used incorrectly (when the correct words would be "affect" or "affected.") The only valid uses of the words are when they refer to a collision, as between a car and a train, or to teeth, as in impacted wisdom teeth, or to something which is subject to compressed matter, such as a constipated colon.

    To have fun and stay awake in meetings, try to decide the best correct definition when hearing the words. An example would be, "Since John can't be here Thursday, the schedule will be impacted." I take that to mean, "John is a release valve for the shit which builds up in the schedule. We need some other asshole to fill in for him on Thursday."

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