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November 18, 2005

Where did we go wrong?

[ee is pronounced as A]
Dutch De eekhoorn eet een eikel
English The squirrel eats an acorn

A starling is a spreeuw in Dutch which sounds more like sparrow to me, but that's a (huis)mus.

Sad thing is I only realized the latter when the BBC picked up on the Dutch TV scandal about a sparrow being killed for knocking over 23,000 dominos in a human world record attempt for domino building and falling.


November 17, 2005

Vowel syndromes

Writing about web page http://www.answers.com

Entries this week have effected nauseous feelings. A pedant myself, I was affected by the poor use of two verbs in particular. With the help of answers.com, I hope you will take notice.

effect
tr.v., -fect·ed, -fect·ing, -fects.

  1. To bring into existence.
  2. To produce as a result.
  3. To bring about.

affect
tr.v., -fect·ed, -fect·ing, -fects.

  1. To have an influence on or effect a change in: Inflation affects the buying power of the dollar.
  2. To act on the emotions of; touch or move.
  3. To attack or infect, as a disease: Rheumatic fever can affect the heart.

USAGE NOTE Affect and effect have no senses in common. As a verb affect is most commonly used in the sense of “to influence” (how smoking affects health). Effect means “to bring about or execute”: layoffs designed to effect savings. Thus the sentence These measures may affect savings could imply that the measures may reduce savings that have already been realized, whereas These measures may effect savings implies that the measures will cause new savings to come about.


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