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This blog is a place for me, Will, a.k.a thewilleffect to do just that, to have an effect on the lives of those who read and/or who view it. This is the place were I let the world in on the wonders of my thoughts on gaming, tech, and everthing else.

So stay tuned, for I Will to have an effect on you!

  1. Hey, about your tag-line… you can’t “effect” the world, but you can “affect” it. You can have an “effect” on it, but it’s incorrect English to say you “effect” the world.

    Check this out from Washington State Univ (esp. part in all caps, sorry not yelling, just highlighting the relevant info):

    There are four distinct words here. When “affect” is accented on the final syllable (a-FECT), it is a verb meaning “have an influence on”: “The million-dollar donation from the industrialist did not affect my vote against the Clean Air Act.” A much rarer meaning is indicated when the word is accented on the first syllable (AFF-ect), meaning “emotion.” In this case the word is used mostly by psychiatrists and social scientists— people who normally know how to spell it.

    THE REAL PROBLEM ARISES WHEN PEOPLE CONFUSE THE FIRST SPELLING WITH THE SECOND: “EFFECT.” THIS TOO CAN BE TWO DIFFERENT WORDS. THE MORE COMMON ONE IS A NOUN: “WHEN I LEFT THE STOVE ON, THE effect WAS THAT THE HOUSE FILLED WITH SMOKE.” WHEN YOU affect A SITUATION, YOU HAVE AN effect ON IT. THE LESS COMMON IS A VERB MEANING “TO CREATE”: “I’M TRYING TO effect A CHANGE IN THE WAY WE PURCHASE WIDGETS.” NO WONDER PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED. NOTE ESPECIALLY THAT THE PROPER EXPRESSION IS NOT “TAKE affect ” BUT “TAKE effect”—BECOME EFFECTIVE. HEY, NOBODY EVER SAID ENGLISH WAS LOGICAL: JUST MEMORIZE IT AND GET ON WITH YOUR LIFE.

    The stuff in your purse? Your personal effects.

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