Snap Word: Blasé
Snap Style. Affect is a verb. Effect is a noun. Usually, people mean that X affects Y. and that E causes effects. You can recall this with this mnemonic: “TO affect causes effects.” The verb comes first and the alphabetical order of a to e means you know that affect is always the verb.
There is a rarer use of effect as a verb meaning to bring about a change. “The laws are designed to effect less insider trading.”
Affect as a noun can mean emotion. “The sociopath lacked affect regarding his victims.”
9 times out of 10, you mean that something affects another thing leading to effects.
Look, I didn’t invent English.
This ad ran in the Bucknellian two weeks ago.
Should it have run? Should it be made? Should Geisinger offer this elective surgery?
The Bucknellian also ran an editorial a week later defending itself for printing the ad.
For the record, I know of no faculty interested in “censoring” the Bucknellian.
- Affect versus effect: which is which? (katherinewikoff.com)