Word(s) of the Day: Effect v. Affect

Effect /əˈfekt/, noun:

1. the result or consequence of an action

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams, 1767 – 1848

2. an impression produced on a spectator, listener, etc.

Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity.” Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 – 1519

Affect /əˈfekt/, verb:

1. to produce an effect or have an impact on (something); influence

The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man… It is more powerful than external circumstances.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 4 BC – 65 AD

2. to touch the feelings of (someone); move emotionally

Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move.” Ossie Davis, 1917 – 2005